Are you registered to vote? In the presidential election of 2016, over 65 million people – or one in four eligible voters in the country – were unregistered and over half reported never being asked to register.
Today, National Voter Registration Day, is a nonpartisan, civic holiday that celebrates democracy and the collective effort to ensure that we can all exercise our civil liberties.
Those who are elected into office have the power to make important decisions that impact our lives and our access to resources, making it critical that your voice is heard. As a community-focused nonprofit, Lifeworks believes that it is part of our civic duty to encourage people to register and make a plan to vote.
You can start by checking your registration status. If you are not registered, you can do so online. You will need an email address and your Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number. If you don’t have one of these, you may use the last four numbers of your Social Security number. You may also register by downloading a paper application.
Early voting is also now open. To request an absentee ballot for the November general election, use the online absentee application or one of the downloadable applications. To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, you may call: 1-877-600-8683.
If you are considering voting by mail in the general election on November 3, 2020, Lifeworks Policy Team recommends that you apply for an absentee ballot as soon as you can. The changes to voting in response to COVID-19 make it crucial that registration and absentee ballots are completed well in advance of Election Day. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
Once your absentee application is submitted, you can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.
As we get closer to the general election, Lifeworks Policy Team will share additional information about voting, including: accessibility resources, finding your polling place or early in-person voting location, and ways we can provide support if you want assistance.