Plan on voting on Aug. 14

To the editor:

You need to do something right now. Whip out your phone or your planner and circle Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Why? Because Aug. 14 is Primary Election Day in Minnesota. In this election, you’ll choose the candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot on Nov. 6. You’ll vote for candidates for two US Senate seats, governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, and county sheriff, among others.

If you’re not registered to vote, no worries! There is same-day voter registration available at polling places. You can also complete online voter registration at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website (

All polling places in Marshall (the YMCA, Marshall Middle School, or SMSU, depending on which ward you live in) will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Primary Day. There are many other polling places around Lyon County open that day as well. Call the Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer’s office at 537-6724 or check the office’s website if you need more information or are unsure where to vote.

Whether you are DFL, Republican, independent or something else, it is important to exercise your right to vote. Show up on Primary Day!

Remember, as one of the candidates currently vying to be Minnesota’s attorney general stated, “Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.”

The DFL Campaign Headquarters at 1301 E. College Drive will be open all day (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) on Aug. 14 for this important election. Stop by if you’d like to talk politics, enjoy free coffee and cookies, or just shoot the breeze.

It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to (or don’t belong to), come and hang out with your friends and neighbors and enjoy good conversation.

And don’t worry: the cookies are non-partisan. Anyone can have one!

Anita Talsma Gaul


Editor’s note: Anita Gaul is vice-chair for the Lyon County DFL