The day is near.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 is general election day in Minnesota and across the United States, and during the hours that the polls are open voters will be deciding who will represent them in positions at the local, state and national level.

This year positions from the governor to those on local city councils, school boards and county boards are being decided, and, after months of campaigning, it is now up to the voters to decide who will serve them for the next, two, four and six years.

The good news is that voter turnout is expected to be high, especially in Minnesota, as has already been evident based on the number of people who have been voting early. 

According to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, there have been more than 470,000 absentee ballots requested in the state as of Nov. 1.

“Minnesotans are on pace to maintain our title as number one in the country in voter participation,” said Steve Simon, Minnesota secretary of state in a recent press release.

Simon encouraged voters in the last days before the general election to take the opportunity to vote early if they so choose, but also to do the research to know where they will be voting and what they will need to take with them to their polling place, especially if the have not yet registered .

In Redwood County, absentee voting may be done at the county auditor-treasurer’s office in Redwood Falls until 5 p.m. today (Nov. 5).

Those who plan to vote Tuesday are encouraged to visit the Secretary of State’s Web site at www.sos.state.mn.us, to find out what acceptable proof of residence information they need to bring along if they have not registered to vote at their polling place.

One may also get more information by contacting the Redwood County Auditor-Treasurer’s office by calling (507) 637-4013.

This year Redwood County has added new technology for the general election.

Poll pads, which have replaced paper rosters, will be used in all but three of the county precincts during the general election. In order to help move along the process that day, those who are voting are asked to being along their current driver’s license for the election judge at their polling place to have it scanned.

What follows is a list of polling locations in Redwood County. With the exception of a few townships, the polling places will be open at 7 a.m. Tuesday:

• Residents of the City of Belview and Kintire Township are voting at the Belview Community Center.

• Residents of the City of Clements, Sundown Township and Three Lakes Township will be voting at the Clements Legion Hall.

• Delhi city hall is the site for City of Delhi and Delhi Township voters.

• All three wards of the City of Redwood Falls will vote at the Redwood Area Community Center.

• Voters from the City of Sanborn and Charlestown Township will cast their ballots at the Sanborn municipal building.

• The Seaforth Legion community hall is the location for voting for residents of the City of Seaforth and Sheridan Township.

• Residents of Swedes Forest Township will vote at the Swedes Forest town hall. Polls open at 10 a.m.

• Residents of Honner Township, Paxton Township and Redwood Falls Township will vote at the Redwood Falls fire hall.

• The Lamberton community center is the site for the City of Lamberton and Lamberton Township.

• Residents of the City of Lucan, Grant Rock Township and Johnsonville Township will vote at the Lucan fire hall.

• Residents of the City of Milroy, Gales Township and Westline Township will be voting at Milroy city hall.

• The Morgan Lions community building is the polling location for voters from the City of Morgan, Brookville Township, Morgan Township and Sherman Township.

• The Vesta community hall is the polling place for voters from the City of Vesta, Underwood Township (polls open at 10 a.m.) and Vesta Township (polls open at 10 a.m.).

• Residents of the City of Wabasso, New Avon Township and Vail Township vote at the Wabasso community center.

• The Walnut Grove community center is the polling place for the City of Revere, the City of Walnut Grove, North Hero Township (polls open at 10 a.m.) and Springdale Township (polls open at 10 a.m.).

• Residents of the City of Wanda, Waterbury Township and Willow Lake Township will vote at the Wanda Legion Hall.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.