- May 17: Candidate filing period opens
- May 31: Candidate filing period ends
- June 24: Early voting by mail or in person begins in the statewide primary election
- August 9: Primary election day
- September 23: Early voting by mail or in person begins in the statewide general election
- November 8 (second Tuesday): Election Day.
While the November 2 elections may feel a long way off, early voting began September 17, therefore it isn’t too early to begin researching what may be on your ballot.. One item on most local ballots will be a Roseville School District Operating Referendum. LWV does not support candidates or issues, however the League does advocate being informed. An efficient way to learn about the ISD 623 “Operating Levy 2021” is to view this video: www.isd623.org/levy2021 .
The League of Women Voters of Roseville Area will sponsor a forum on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:00 pm for the City Council candidates in Falcon Heights.
The Falcon Heights City Council Candidate Forum held on September 15 can now be viewed at https://ninenorth.org/speak-outs/
LWVRA will sponsor a forum on October 7, 7:00 p.m. for the School Board candidates. The forum will be moderated by League member Florence Sprague. Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no in-person audience. The forum will be broadcast by NineNorth on cable channel 15 or 859 HD, and live streamed and available for playback on ninenorth.org/. For on-demand viewing, Candidate Speak-Out and Forum videos will be located at https://ninenorth.org/speak-outs/. You may submit questions to be asked of candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day, Wednesday, October 6.
During this challenging time of claims of fraud in Elections, both in MN and nation-wide, it is helpful to have accurate information from authentic sources for oneself and to share and dispel falsehoods. Provided for you from the MN Secretary of State’s Office are overviews of how voter records in MN are updated and how voter registrations are validated. In addition, sites for discerning truth in media are offered:
Previously Recorded Candidate Forum links:
- Roseville City Council: https://www.ctvnorthsuburbs.org/videos/lwv-roseville-cc/
- District 42 Senate and House A & B conducted by the LWV-White Bear Lake League: https://lwv-wbla.org/voter-services/candidate-forums/
- Maplewood Mayor & City Council: VOD Link: http://vod.maplewoodmn.gov/CablecastPublicSite/show/862?channel=1
- District 43 Senate and House A & B: VOD Link: http://vod.maplewoodmn.gov/CablecastPublicSite/show/863?channel=1
- Little Canada Mayor and City Council: https://www.ctvnorthsuburbs.org/videos/league-of-women-voters-candidates-forum-city-of-little-canada/
- District 66 Senate and House A & B: https://www.ctvnorthsuburbs.org/videos/league-of-women-voters-candidates-forum-senate-66-house-66a-66b/
- ISD 622 North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale School District: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XczG7Om1lg
In-person voting begins on Friday, September 18. There are several locations in Ramsey County that will hold in-person absentee voting. Go to the linked website or contact the municipality or county for directions and hours. Unless otherwise indicated, locations only issue absentee ballots for residents of that municipality.
1. Absentee Ballots are mailed out and able to be returned by a prepaid bulk postage rate which is less costly, because of the volume, than each having a first-class stamp. The Post Office confirmed on Friday, Aug. 14th, that there is NO DIFFERENCE in the speed of delivery.
2. The specific impact of Federal changes to Post Office funding and operation are unknown at this time.
3. The recently issued consent decree that removed the witness requirement for registered voters to supply on their Absentee Ballots for the Nov. Election and also extended the deadline by seven days for Ballots postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3rd, to be received in one’s local Elections Office is no longer being challenged. It is in effect for this election.
Vote411.org is the site for answers to voting and election questions as well as a source of information on candidates running for local Minnesota and state-wide public office. It is a resource provided by the League of Women Voters. Sherry Hood is the LWV of Roseville Area member in charge of soliciting and submitting candidate questions. All are encouraged to use Vote411.org for learning about candidates and to become better informed voters.
The May/June Voter contained tips when writing advocacy letters. League members are reminded that when writing letters, sending emails or texts, or making phone calls, they are speaking as individuals, not for the League (they should not mention that they are League members in their communication). Only the president speaks in the name of the League.
If you would like to participate in advocacy at the national or state level as a League member, consider adding your name to "action alerts" that will come to your inbox and identify prioritized pending legislative issues that need your support. www.lwv.org/take-action https://www.lwvmn.org/take-action