Your voice. your vote.

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

In 2020 elected officials have directly impacted how our community navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recession and the racial justice movement sparked by George Floyd’s unjust killing, among many other issues. This has proven once again that elections matter: this November make sure your voice is heard.

At YWCA St. Paul we fight for a world of equity and human decency, including the right to full, fair and accurate elections. Throughout 2020, YWCAs across the nation will engage 10 million women through non-partisan voter registration and mobilization, 2020 Census engagement, issues education, YWCA’s action center and women’s leadership development.

Scroll down for answers to common voting FAQ’s or visit Minnesota’s Secretary of State website to learn more about elections in Minnesota.

YWomenVote 2020

Women are highly motivated to raise their voices to advance shared personal and economic security interests in 2020. Despite national political discourse that highlights the country’s divisions, women possess deep alignment and shared interests across age, race, ethnicity, education and political affiliation. New data from YWomenVote2020 — YWCA’s 3rd national survey of women in the United States — explores their economic, health, gender-based violence, workplace equity, and racial justice concerns and priorities.

As part of YWCA’s nationwide civic engagement campaign, we are especially committed to doing our part to ensure that women’s experiences and needs are valued and represented, and that women continue their unprecedented role as decisive voting constituencies in elections all over America.

This is your voice, your vote, your future.

FAQs

  • The Minnesota elections website offers a tool to check its database of registered voters: click here to confirm your registration.
  • You can register online, right now by clicking here.  You will need an email address and either a state-issued ID (MN ID card or MN driver’s license) or the last 4 digits of your SSN. 
  • You can also register yourself or others by mail
  • Minnesota also allows you to register on election day by bringing an acceptable ID to the polls.
  • Click here to see a full list of candidates running in your area, as well as a sample ballot. 
  • You can markup the sample ballot, and bring it into the voting booth with you.
  • Apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. Absentee ballots and mail-in ballots are the same thing! Ballots will be mailed to you when they become available for the general election but be sure to request your ballot early to avoid delivery delays.
  • Remember the following to make sure that your ballot is counted:
    • Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
    • Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the November 3, 2020 State General Election. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.
    • Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (November 10). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. (You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on election day.)
  • Click here for more information and FAQ’s on voting by mail.

You can return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. (You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on election day.)

Click here to find your polling place online. 

Yes! You may need a registered voter to accompany you to the polling place and confirm where you are living. Click here to learn more about voting without permanent residence.

There are ways to vote without making your information public. The Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program can help if you have acute safety concerns. Click here for details.

By law, your employer must allow you paid time off work to vote, though it’s a good idea to inform your employer of when you will be gone. You can also vote early — click here for more details.  

Help Others vote

  • Volunteer as a poll worker or election judge
  • Ask if people you know need help applying for an absentee ballot
  • Tell your family and friends why voting is important to you and encourage them to vote

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