Do you have questions about registering to vote, completing an absentee ballot and how to return it, election security or any other 2020 election related issue? In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, Michael Wall, Voter Outreach Specialist from the MN Office of Secretary of State, will respond to any and all voting questions.
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.
Two Terms are Being Used Related to Not Voting in Person at early voting sites or at the polls on Election Days.
- VOTE BY MAIL ~ this refers to the process in some states, such as Colorado, where registered voters are automatically mailed a ballot to complete and return.
- VOTE FROM HOME ~ system in Minnesota where by citizens, without any excuse, may apply for an Absentee Ballot on-line or by paper application. They are then mailed an Absentee Ballot to complete and return. Only those who apply for Absentee Ballots receive them. VOTE FROM HOME is being promoted by LWV as a safe and secure way to vote, especially during a Pandemic.
League of Women Voters of Roseville Area reminds you that No excuse Absentee Ballot Voting is allowed in Minnesota! The first step is to request an Absentee Ballot. This can be done for both the Primary Election on August 11th and for the General Election on November 3rd. Requests can be completed on-line at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/ or by calling the MN Secretary of State Office at 651-215-1440 or your local elections office to ask that a paper application be sent to you. Ramsey County Elections Office phone is 651-266-2171, or online at https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day/vote-mail.
More judges are needed to insure that people will have the option to vote in person at Early Voting Places as well as at the Polls on Election Day. Voting by Absentee Ballot is encouraged but the in-person opportunities will be offered also. This SecretaryofState link can be used to access information on becoming an Election Judge. Despite the previous deadlines, they are still accepting applications.
LWVUS has provided some talking points you can use to counter attacks on voting by mail:
With the increased popularity of vote-by-mail in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, use the following messages to counter attacks on vote-by-mail and pivot the conversation to solutions. (Avoid saying the words “voter fraud” when interacting with voters, the general public, or media. Even the mention of potential fraud has a negative impact on voters’ confidence in our elections.)
The Civic Caucus is known for its in-person interviews. In this time of Safe At Home, they have transitioned to Zoom interviews. In their latest, the April 24,2020 interview of Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon addresses the issues of assuring that Minnesotans could vote safely in both the August primary election and the November election.
Date: March 3, 2020 (early voting by mail and in person begins January 17, 2020)
Polling Place Hours: 7 am-8 pm most locations. Check for exceptions at MNVotes.org.
Location: Find your polling place and learn how to vote early in person or by mail at MNVotes.org.
Why: To vote for a major party candidate for President of the United States
Early Voting Locations: Ramsey County has provided a list of places to vote early in person: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day/early-voting
Minnesota's precinct caucuses will be held on February 25, 2020 at 7 pm. Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by political parties to endorse candidates and build party platforms prior to general elections. You can find where your local precinct caucus will be held by using the Precinct Finder Tool at mnvotes.org.
The League of Women Voters of Minnesota has created a document that describes the precinct process. A link to the document can be found here.