Stay informed as elections approach

By: 
Chuck Kajer, The New Prague Times

Minnesotans are looking at one of the biggest elections in the state's history this fall.

Voters will select a new governor and both U.S. Senate positions will be on the ballot due to the resignation of Sen. Al Franken. That's the first time that's happened since 1982.

In addition, all state constitutional offices will be on the ballot, Congressional and Legislative and Judicial seats will be on the ballot, and voters will also choose county commissioners and other county elected officials. In New Prague, for the first time, both city council and school board races will be on the same ballot after the school district decided to move elections to even-numbered years. Even some township races will be on the ballot this fall.

The election season has already begun, with precinct caucuses being held in April. In the past week, the major political parties have begun the process of endorsing candidates for congressional and legislative offices.

In a little more than a month, on May 22, the two-week filing period begins for offices that would require a primary if enough candidates file. Primary elections will be held in August, and the filing period for local offices begins July 31 for the November elections.

As the election season progresses, it's going to be very important for voters to stay informed about the elections, candidates and the election process. The Times will work hard to keep up with what is going on, especially with local races, and will work to make sure voters know when early voting begins, where people can vote and how they can register to vote.

Our goal is to provide you with the best, most accurate, and balanced information, so you can make an informed decision when it comes time to cast your ballot.

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