What’s your plan to vote?
By Clare Gravon • JFCS Food Security Program Coordinator
While many of us enjoy the ritual of voting with others in our community on Election Day, this year is different. If you want to avoid the crowds at your polling place on Nov. 3, here’s what you need to know:
Absentee/Early In-Person Voting
- Even if you haven’t registered or updated your MN registration, you can still request an absentee ballot here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/
Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (Nov. 10).
- You can manage the entire absentee ballot process remotely, never leaving your home. Mail your absentee ballot to your County Election Office. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/
- Until Monday, Nov. 2, you can walk into your County Election Office/s, request an absentee ballot, fill it out onsite, and submit your ballot onsite. If you haven’t registered, you will do that first, then receive an absentee ballot (bring ID). If you’ve already received an absentee ballot in the mail, you can fill it out and personally deliver it to your County Election Office rather than putting it in the mail. Some counties and municipalities have drop-boxes so you don’t even have to leave your car.
Nov. 3 Election Day In-Person Voting
- Go online and check your registration status. If you need to register or update your registration on Election Day, be sure to bring the proper ID with you to your polling place. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/
- Confirm the location of your polling place here: https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
- Still have questions? Check out these Registration FAQs: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/registration-faqs/
Whatever your plan—VOTE!