Minnesota elections, 2013

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1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
2 Voting in Minnesota
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References


Minnesota election information for 2013 is listed below.

On the 2013 ballot
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Election Results

2013 elections

Special elections

See also: Minnesota state legislative special elections, 2013.

There were two special elections scheduled for the state of Minnesota in 2013.

State House District 14A

Steve Gottwalt (R) resigned his District 14A House seat, which he won re-election to on November 6, 2012, on January 7, 2013. While three Republicans had initially filed, Tama Theis won the nod at a GOP convention and the other candidate dropped out. Thus, with only one candidate from each party, a primary did not take place.[1] Gottwalt resigned to take a job as director of state legislative policy for an imaging-scan provider firm.[2][3] The special election was held on February 12, which Tama Theis won.[4]

State House District 19A

Terry Morrow (D) announced that he would be resigning his seat, which he won re-election to on November 6, 2012, on January 7, 2013. A Democratic primary was held on January 29, 2013. While two Republicans were running, Allen Quist was chosen by a GOP convention and Jim Golgart suspended his campaign, leaving Quist without a primary opponent.[1][5][6] On the Democratic side, Clark Johnson was endorsed by the party convention, but due to the late timing of the convention, all four candidates were in the primary on January 29, which Johnson won.[7][8] The special election was held on February 12, 2013, which Johnson won.[9]
Related: See election results here.

Voting in Minnesota

See also: Voting in Minnesota
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Important voting information

  • Minnesota uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
  • You must register at least 21 days prior to Election Day or on Election Day at a polling place.
  • As of December 2014, Minnesota is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Minnesota, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Minnesota is one of eight states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins 46 days prior to the election and ends the day before election day.[10] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[10]

  • you will be away from home on election day
  • you are ill or disabled
  • you are an election judge serving in a precinct other than your own
  • unable to go to the polling place due to a religious observance or belief

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Minnesota ranked 5th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Minnesota received an overall score of 74 percent.[11]

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