Gone are the September primary elections when the electorate had to quickly educate themselves about candidates after a summer break from politics. Ranked Choice Voting is going to change the process of electing politicians in the City of Minneapolis this fall. KFAI’s Allison Herrera got the lowdown from Star Tribune reporter Steve Brandt on the upcoming city races.

While the race between John McCain and Barack Obama has captured the nation’s attention, other parties have presidential candidates on the ballot too. KFAI’s Micheal Bracher spoke with Alyson Kennedy, the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Socialist Party.


The Presidential election has been called in favor of Barack Obama. John McCain recently concluded his concession speech, commenting on the historic nature of the election urging the nation to come together as Americans. Barack Obama delivered his acceptance speech in Chicago moments ago, promising a new dawn of American leadership.

For nearly two decades, veteran reporter Art Hughes has covered dozens of elections, from city hall to the White House. He joined KFAI’s Allison Herrera to give his analysis on the 2008 election.


KFAI’s Benno Groeneveld sat down with Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to talk about his perspective this election day. The Secretary of State is officially in charge of running elections.


Even with a record turnout, some people do not vote. Who are they, and why? John Slade, a KFAI board member and news volunteer, hits the streets to find out.


A record turnout is expected at Minnesota’s polling stations today. KFAI’s Allison Herrera traveled the city to capture the mood of voters. From the West Bank, to North Minneapolis to the Seward nighborhood, new and returning voters alike were excited to cast their ballots.


Citizens under 18 got to practice voting today along with their parents, thanks to the Kid’s Voting Program. Over 16,000 Minnesota minors participated in 2006 and more are expected to turn out this year. KFAI reporter, Michelle Alimoradi interviewed Executive Director, Tracy Warnberg Lemm of the Kid’s Voting Saint Paul chapter.


While it seems like Minnesota may achieve the highest turnout in the state’s history, over 500 citizens ran into unforeseen problems. Some simply did not know where to go, while others were denied the right to vote at all. KFAI’s Micheal Bracher spoke with Mike Dean from the Election Protection Group, a nonprofit organization offering a hotline for voters running into election trouble.

The seemingly endless 2008 election cycle is coming to a close and KFAI will be here to bring you every final twist and turn.

Tune in for live local and national Election Coverage on Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m.