It’s almost election time again.  No, it isn’t nearly November, yet, but did you know that Minnesota is having primary elections on August 14 this year?

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office defines a primary election as one which “determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.” (  For example, there are five DFL candidates for U.S. Representative for District 8 and there can only be one from each party in the November.  The results of the primaries in August will decide which DFL candidate will be on the November ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office has many resources for voters, including online voter registration, a resource for finding polling stations, links to candidates’ web pages, and much more.  Voters can gain a lot of insight on candidates’ positions on the issues by reading the information on their web pages.  The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library has compiled a guide to votes on some topics of interest to Minnesota’s legislators which may be of interest to voters.  (

Contact the library to learn more about these and other resources to improve your voting experience!