• Janna Lauer

Advocacy Newsletter Email- Election Edition

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Hello!


Just a friendly reminder from the Advocacy Collaborative that the election is just 3 days away on NOVEMBER 3rd! Every election matters but few will be more consequential or historical than this one. And we all have a role to play in our democracy.

What can YOU do?


VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! What better way to have your voice heard and advocate for the kind of society that you want to live in? There are still many ways left to vote in this election.


First make sure you are registered. Minnesota has same day registration at the polls. You will need to bring a proof of residence (there are 7 different types of acceptable proof- https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/) You can also check your registration, find your polling place and all other election day information here https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/


Early voting in person- Early voting in person is the same process as voting on election day but may help you skip the lines. This option is available until Monday, November 2nd at 5pm. If you already have an absentee ballot you should bring it (with all the envelopes and everything else) with you to your early voting place (often your City Hall).


Absentee or Mail-In Ballots- With only 3 days before the election, and the recent court ruling (https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/10/29/court-late-minnesota-absentee-ballots-must-be-separated) USPS has urged voters to no longer use the mail system for delivery of ballots. Instead bring your ballot to your early voting place or official ballot drop box to ensure it is counted. You can track your ballot at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx


Vote on Election Day- Polls are open from 7am to 8pm on Tuesday, NOVEMBER 3rd! If you are in line by 8pm you must be allowed to vote, so stay in line until you have cast your ballot. Employers are required by law to give you time off to vote. Work with your supervisor to make sure you are able to have your voice heard!


If you have trouble voting- visit https://www.vote.org/election-protection/ or Call 866-Our-Vote (866-687-8683) or Text OUR VOTE to 97779


If you are unable to vote- A sad reality is that voting is not a universal right for everyone. This makes it even more important for those of us with this privilege to use it! If you are unable to vote, you can still play an important role. We can all talk with others, help them see their role in advocating for you, as well as themselves! Drive people to their polling locations- keep yourself safe from COVID by wearing your mask, having all passengers wear their masks, and having the windows open. Check in with our residential programs to see if any clients need a ride to their polls. Drop by a polling place around 8pm- and encourage anyone still in line to stay in line- they are still allowed to vote even though the polls have technically closed. Maybe bring some food, beverages, and/or hand warmers. (A note- you cannot campaign or encourage voting for a specific candidate near polling locations (this includes what you are wearing) but you can help advocate for people and make sure their rights are being respected). Donate your time or money- there is still time to give to a candidate, a party, or a non-partisan organization that aligns with your values.


Conversations around voting and politics can be tough, especially in these polarized times. However, if we approach each conversation with a spirit of curiosity and empathy, we are more likely to find common ground and begin the healing process.


If you have any other questions about voting visit- https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/. If you don't reside in Minnesota, visit your Secretary of State's website or https://www.vote.org/ for more information.


Happy Election Season!


-Advocacy Collaborative

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