Nurses and voters across Minnesota will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on two occasions in the coming months. Minnesota’s primary election day is on Tuesday, August 11 for state and some municipal races. In this election, voters will choose which candidates will end up on the ballot in the November election.
Polls will be open if you choose to vote in-person; although with COVID-19, many officials are encouraging voters to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. To vote by mail, you will need to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to vote to apply. While you don’t have to be registered to vote when requesting an absentee ballot, you will be sent voter registration information that must be completed and turned in with your absentee ballot in order for your ballot to be counted.
For your ballot to count, remember this important information from Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon:
- Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
- Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID-19, there is no witness requirement for the August 11, 2020, State Primary.
- Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (August 11, 2020) and received by your county by the day before the county canvass, which may take place on the second or third day following the election.
You can find the application here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/
If you choose to vote in-person, would like to see a sample ballot, need to find your polling location, or have any other questions related to voting in Minnesota, you can visit: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/.
Make your voice heard and be sure to vote on August 11!