City of Cambridge Location Option Sales Tax Referendum Results

Yesterday citizens of the City of Cambridge voted on a local option sales tax referendum.

The question ballot read: Do you approve a one-half (.5) percent local sales tax to fund the construction of a new Cambridge Public Library and East Central Regional Library Headquarters, the City’s street improvement program, and outdoor park development through calendar year 2043? By voting “yes” on this question you are voting to increase the sales tax in Cambridge.”

The official results are in.  With 2 out of 2 precincts reporting, the referendum has passed.

  • YES: 2115 (61.63%)
  • NO: 1317 (38.37%)

You can find other election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work on this campaign!

Pre-register to vote!

Today, Tuesday, October 16th is the last day to pre-register to vote for the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 6th. Pre-registering saves you time at your polling place on election day!

Don’t worry though! If you miss the deadline to pre-register, you can still vote!  In Minnesota, you can register on Election Day at your polling place.

Have more questions? Check out the Registration FAQs from the Secretary of State’s office.

Last-Minute Election Information

If you’ve suddenly realized that you’re not quite prepared for the upcoming elections, your friendly local librarians are ready to help you out. Except where it’s noted otherwise, all of the following information comes from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web page.

Register to vote in Minnesota
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204

Find your polling place
http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Need a ride to your polling place?
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1631

Interested in absentee voting?
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=211

Need to know how to return your absentee ballot?
According to the MN Secretary of State, there are four ways you can return your absentee ballot:
1.   Mail back your ballot in the pre-paid envelope provided by your local election official.
2.   Up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election, you may deliver your ballot in person to your local election official.
3.   You may also have someone else return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your local election official until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters.
4.  If you are worried about your ballot not arriving on time using First Class mail, you may choose to pay for package delivery service to return your ballot. Ballots must be received by your local election official by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Find your local election official
(which will also tell you where you can submit an absentee ballot):
https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/MN-ElectionOfficialDirectory

Find out which candidates and issues you’ll see on your ballot
http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/Default.aspx

Interested in Political Fact-Checking?
http://www.factcheck.org/ (a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” organization
http://www.politifact.com/ (a project of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about elections and voting
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1530

Wondering about other voting and election topics that you don’t see here? http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=134  (Main page for Minnesota Voting Info)

As always, if you need anything else, don’t hesitate to contact your local ECRL library branch (http://www.ecrlib.org/branches.html). We’re happy to help you find the information you need!

Robin Duple
Branch Librarian, Pine City Public Library

Election Results

Yesterday was election day. Here are a couple good sources to find election results:

Minnesota Public Radio – lists races by various breakdowns, so you can scan through them.
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/2010/campaign/results/mn/

Star Tribune – “My Vote” directs user to enter address and gives customized results for that location.
http://elections.startribune.com/myvote/pf.php?do=start_over

Barbara Misselt, Director