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Posted 8 days ago by Tracy Utech

Election Day is November 3rd.

If you have already voted - wonderful! If you still need to vote and have questions, please see the link below for The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon. This is the main link and will take you to other links with information about how to register to vote, how to vote from home by mail, or vote in person, how to track your absentee ballot and where to find your county election office. There is also a link to find out what is on your Election Day ballot in 2020.     https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/

If you don’t know what legislative district you are in or who represents you, go to the Minnesota Legislature Geographic Information Services:  https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/

If you need more information about a candidate where a candidate stands on issues that are important to you there are several ways you can find out:

  • A candidate’s website or literature may clearly state their views.
  • If the candidate is a current legislator,  you can look up their voting records by going to the Minnesota Legislative website and search for their voting records and ratings: https://www.leg.mn.gov/lrl/guides/guides?issue=ratings
  • Some organizations and special interest groups endorse candidates, the presumption being the candidate shares the goals of the organization. Candidates seek to display endorsements they feel will resonate with their constituents or serve to convey their views. Many of these special interest groups post their endorsed candidates on their websites. Some examples include The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA endorsements), Sierra Club (2020 endorsements), and the National Rifle Association (NRA endorsements)

In addition, there are a few websites where you can find some additional information:

FollowTheMoney.org “The nonpartisan, nonprofit National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP) promotes an accountable democracy by compiling comprehensive campaign-donor, lobbyist, and other information from government disclosure agencies nationwide and making it freely available at FollowTheMoney.org.”

OpenSecrets.org “A Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.”

The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in democratic society, and we must use it. ~John Lewis

Vote!