Record numbers of voters have already cast early ballots, but millions more will be heading to the polls on Tuesday.
Some fear that long waits at the poll place, coupled with the current supercharged political climate, could lead to trouble. Activists on both sides fear that the other will try to steal the election, leading to violence. That we will likely have to wait longer than usual for election results might throw fuel on the fire.
Tim Phillips, founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict, said he never would have imagined the United States might face some of the same challenges he's seen in South Africa and Northern Ireland.
"We thought we were immune to it," he told National Public Radio.
Braver Angels, a grass roots organization devoted to calming some of the polarization in America, is circulating a pledge, calling people to a "higher partisanship."
"We appeal for the complete disavowal of election-related violence, calls for such violence, or excuse-making for anyone on either side who would commit or tolerate violence as a means of influencing an election."
The Post Bulletin Editorial Board echoes that call, asking everyone to be on their best behavior on Tuesday for what will truly be a historic event. Polls in Olmsted County are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Some things to know if you're headed to the polls:
1. Campaigning is not allowed in the polling place.
2. People may not gather or linger in the polling place or within 100 feet of the building.
3. You cannot display campaign T-shirts, buttons or literature that relates to specific candidates, official political parties or questions on the ballot.
4. Do not initial or sign your ballot or mark it with a sticker.
5. A face covering over the mouth and nose must be worn.
5. Your employer must pay you for the time you need to vote, if it falls within your scheduled work time. Your employer cannot require you to use personal leave or vacation time in order to vote.
Find more information about elections at the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
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