2020 is a big election year, with the President, members of Congress, all state legislators, and judicial seats on the ballot. There are also a number of local elections, including county board members, city council members, school board members, and local ordinances. Elected officials make important decisions on issues that impact the future of your community, like housing, healthcare transportation and public safety, just to name a few.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials are encouraging people to vote by mail to minimize crowds at polling places and keep people safe. Take time now to plan how you will cast your vote for the November 3rd election with the resources listed here.
1. Make sure you are registered!
a. Sure, you can register at the polls in Minnesota, but why wait? Register early online to save time and stay safe.
2. Skip the line. Vote early!
a. In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot (also known as “voting by mail”) starting 46 days before election day. Request your absentee ballot and learn about other ways to vote early.
3. Know where you vote!
a. Many polling places have changed due to the pandemic. Make sure you know where to go on election day if you plan on voting in person, and remember to wear a mask!.
4. Be an informed voter!
a. Find out what’s on your ballot ahead of time and do some research on the candidates to decide who you want to vote for. Check out our Candidate Conversation Guide for sample questions you can ask to learn more about their positions.