The Primaries are Coming! August 14 - Mark Your Calendars
The Primary elections are NEXT WEEK! Are you ready?
The Primaries are just 5 days away. These federal, state, county (and some local) primary elections are important because this is when you get to make sure that the right candidates will be on the ballot in the general elections in November.
Here’s some information to help you get ready to vote:
Not yet registered to vote? Be sure to take the right ID with you to the polling station.
If you are new to voting or just need to refresh your memory on what to do at the polling station, this is a good place to look, and don’t forget, you have the right to time off work to vote, without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.
2. This next section is really important:
What’s on your ballot? Which candidates and ballot questions will you be voting on next week?
FIRST check out this great tool from MN Secretary of State to find out more about what might be on your ballot. THEN enter your address to see exactly what your ballot will look like. The YWCA MN has also put together a really useful visual representation of how the Primaries work, as well as other information on these elections that is worth looking at.
Now that you know which candidates are on your ballot, be sure to take some time to find out what they stand for, so that you can decide who you want to support:
Check each candidate’s website to understand more about them.
Run a google news search on them.
Check what the organizations that you trust are saying about them. Here are some places to start:
Also check out WMM Election Central – Get Involved - no. 2 (Who Supports Your Issues) and no. 3 (Check Voting Records) for more ideas.
Look at this Candidate Guide by WCCO (CBS Minnesota) of short videos by many candidates in different races across the state talking about their positions.
Reminder: Do not underestimate the importance of the down-ballot races like County Commissioner, County Sheriff, School Board etc. These offices have direct impact on what happens in your community. Be sure to take some time to find out what the candidates for these elections stand for and which ones best represent your values.
3. Want to help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts for the Primaries? Check out the following resources:
4. Finally, here’s a short and very useful video from MPR called Elections Explained: What's a primary election?
For any unanswered questions on the upcoming Primary elections, visit MN Secretary of State’s excellent website on Elections and Voting. Another excellent election resource to look at is CD2Action’s website, and of course you can also check out our own WMM Election Central
Now go vote! #BeAPrimaryVoter Vote for success in November! #iCareiVote