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.)
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.
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.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's office has put together information about the upcoming Presidential Primary. Due to a change in state law, Minnesota for the first time will hold a presidential primary on March 3, 2020. You can see all the information provided, including information on absentee and early voting, by going to the MN Secretary of State web page,
Early voting begins January 17, 2020.
The Minnesota Secretary of State's Office has provided information on what you need to register to vote at your polling place on Election Day..Bring:
- Valid ID with current name and address; or
- Photo ID plus a document with your current address; or
- A registered voter who can confirm your address; or
- College student ID with housing list; or
- Valid registr;ation in the precinct; or
- Notice of late registration; or
- Staff person of a residential facility
Members of the Voter Services Committee offered voter registrations and assistance with completing applications for Absentee Ballots at two Senior Care Residences, New Perspectives and Johanna Shores. The most need was for help with Absentee Ballot Applications. At New Perspectives, 9 residents were registered to vote and 19 assisted with Absentee Ballot Applications. At Johanna Shores, 77 residents were assisted to apply for Absentee Ballots. Those who volunteered for this effort were Rita Mills, Sherry Hood, Alana Howey, Donna Peterson, Beth Reinhart, Grace Gee, Brenda Himrich, Barb Luck, and Karen Lake.
LWV Roseville Area is sponsoring Candidate Forums for the candidates running in area elections. The purpose of the Candidate Forum is to give voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election. The candidates will answer written questions from the public during these moderated events. Written questions will also be accepted via email until noon the day of the event at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public. Here is the list of Candidate Forums: