Part 1: Voting Basics
Learn how to find out who will be on your ballot, and the different voting options available to you like absentee voting, voting early in-person, and voting on election day.
Voting is underway in Minnesota! Have you voted yet? If not, there’s still time to cast your ballot safely. Here’s what you can do:
Return your absentee ballot. If you already have your absentee ballot, complete it and return it in person before 3:00 p.m. on November 3 to the elections office that mailed it to you.
Track your absentee ballot. If you already returned your ballot by mail, remember to track it. If it still hasn't been received by November 2, you should plan to vote in person. Poll workers will give you a new ballot to complete, and the one you mailed in previously will be invalidated upon receipt.
Check your voting registration. If you aren’t already registered to vote, you can do so at the polls, but you'll need to bring some proof of residence. Learn more about what you'll need to register here.
Vote on Election Day. Polls are open on Tuesday, November 3, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Find your poll location here. Remember to wear a mask and keep six feet between you and other voters. You can also bring your own black pen, if you want!
2020 is a big election year. The U.S. President, House of Representatives, and some Senators are up for re-election. So are all Minnesota State Senators and Representatives. Whomever is elected on November 3 will make key decisions as our communities begin to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Moreover, elected officials have the power to create change through policy. It was elected leaders who upheld discriminatory housing policies for decades, both in Minnesota and nationally. You can learn more about this history and how today’s elected leaders can challenge these disparities by reading our Race & Housing series: tchabitat.org/race.
Simply put, elections matter, this election matters, and your voice matters.