From: Lori Ortega
League of Women voters, Winona
Vote from home. Stay safe. Stay engaged. The primary election is on August 11 and the general election is on November 3. In Minnesota, you do not need to vote at your polling place on Election Day. You may cast your ballot from the comfort and safety of your own home! Thankfully, Minnesota allows voters to register to vote and vote without ever needing to leave the comfort of your home. Primary election mail-in ballots are available now.
To request a ballot online, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote.
Here are more tips on how to vote from home:
1. Confirm you are registered to vote and that your information is up to date. You may register or update your registration at mnvotes.org.
2. Request an absentee ballot. You may also do this at mnvotes.org. Instead of clicking on register to vote, click on “Other Ways to Vote,” and then “request an absentee ballot online.” Fill out the request and you will be sent a ballot. Request your absentee ballot as soon as possible!
3. Vote! For an absentee ballot, there are a few different steps to take. Follow the instructions that come with the ballot carefully. If you have questions about your candidate choices, visit Vote411.org. Note: for the August 11 primary, pre-registered voters are not required to have a witness signature. If you didn’t pre-register, you will need a witness to verify your proof that you live in the district you’re voting in.
4. Read your ballot carefully as it can be confusing. In the primary election, there are four parties vying for the Senate position: Republican, Democrat, Legalize Marijuana Now, and Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Parties. Only vote for ONE of the four listed.
5. Return the ballot. You may return your ballot by mail, in which case it must be postmarked by Election Day. Or you can have an agent return your ballot by hand (an agent is a person you designate to drop off your ballot); they must deliver your ballot to the local election office by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
If you request a ballot for mail-in, you will receive it by mail from the Winona County Auditor/Treasurer’s office. Your completed ballot must be received by the Winona County Auditor/Treasurer at 202 West Third Street in Winona no later than 3 p.m. on Primary Election Day, August 11, 2020. If a voter is concerned the mail may not arrive at the county office by August 11 at 3 p.m.; the Winona County Auditor/Treasurer has a drop off box on the bridge/parking lot side of the building for ballots (same cut-off time).
The League of Women Voters wants every voter to stay safe and stay engaged. For more facts and details about voting from home (and helping others do so), visit www.lwvmn.org/vote-from-home.