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2018 Voter's Guide

The time for voters to decide who they want to represent them arrives Sept. 20 and continues until the polls close on the general election at 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Beginning today and through Nov. 5, Minnesotans may vote early using an absentee ballot. Voting may be done in person at designated sites, such as the historic Crow Wing County Courthouse in Brainerd, or by mail as voters request an absentee ballot and vote using a witness and then mail the completed and signed ballots back. The status of the absentee ballots may also be tracked online. For others, Election Day will still be the final moment to cast a ballot after taking in all the information available through the fall. For more information about absentee voting, voter registration information and polling places, visit

The Dispatch 2018 Voter’s Guide is designed to give readers a look at candidates in addition to the newspaper’s coverage and candidate profiles available in print and online. Uncontested races where candidates were not opposed were not included in the voter’s guide. Go to for more information. Attendance at candidate forums, research and personal encounters will also help voters make informed decisions in what is expected to be another memorable election year.