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Polls open in Minnesota, Wisconsin

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Voting line down the block, Painter Park, Minneapolis. Photo by Tom Lyden / FOX 9 News. Voting line down the block, Painter Park, Minneapolis. Photo by Tom Lyden / FOX 9 News.
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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Polls opened at 7 a.m. in Minnesota and Wisconsin, kicking off Election Day 2012. Polls in both states will close at 8 p.m.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

To find your polling place in Minnesota, go to mnvotes.org and type in your address to find out exactly where to go. You can also get a copy of a sample ballot to review before leaving home.

Minnesota has same-day registration. You can either bring in a driver's license, a student ID with a current address or an expired ID, along with proof of your current address, such as a utility bill. Someone in your precinct can also vouch for you.

Get a full list of valid materials for same-day voter registration at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204

For those who mistakenly go to the wrong location, the first person to greet you should be able to help point you in the right direction.

AMENDMENTS DRIVE MINNESOTA VOTER TURNOUT

The two proposed constitutional amendments are the big drivers for voting in Minnesota. To prevail, the amendments require affirmative support from a majority of voters.

Ballots with the questions left blank automatically go in the "no" column.

Tens of millions of dollars have poured in from around the state and across the country on the marriage amendment, which will ask, "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?"

Gay marriage is currently illegal in Minnesota, and a vote against the amendment will not change that. If the amendment passes, however, the Legislature or Supreme Court would not be able to take it out without another edit of the Constitution. If it fails, the law could be repealed or altered in the future.

A vote against the voter ID amendment would also have no effect on existing law, but the amendment's passage would require voters to prevent a government-issued photo ID at elections in the future; however, it is still unclear what will or will not be accepted.

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SPOTLIGHT ON 6TH AND 8TH DISTRICT RACES

Hotel owner and Democrat Jim Graves is trying to unseat three-term Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. The last polls show Bachmann with a slight lead.

In the 8th District, first-term Republican Chip Cravaack is trying to hold onto his seat just two years after he unseated powerful, long-time Rep. Jim Oberstar. The Democrats think they have a good chance of replacing Cravaack with former Congressman Rick Nolan.

MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

Republican and DFL analysts agree it's unlikely Democrats will take back the Minnesota House, but the Senate, with just a four-seat majority, could change hands. DFLers are excited about that, trying to use last year's government shutdown as a motivator to try and shift control in St. Paul.

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