Everything you need to know about voting in 2020
October 29, 2020 | Geno Fragnito
This will be the first election in recent history that will be held in the midst of a pandemic. Fortunately, there are multiple participation choices available depending on your comfort level.
Early voting by mail
New information as of Oct. 29
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that absentee ballots received after Election Day should be separated out in case a final court order rules they are invalid, placing ballots received within the seven-day grace period after election day in jeopardy of not being counted. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State, voters who have not mailed their absentee ballot yet are encouraged to do one of the following:
- Drop off the completed ballot at your local county election office.
- Vote early in-person (see below for more details about this process).
- Vote on Election Day (see below for more details).
If you already mailed in your ballot, you can track the status
of it online. If the ballot hasn't been received, you may cast your vote using one of the methods below. After voting in person, the ballot ID number on your original absentee ballot will be invalidated.
Early voting in person
All Minnesota voters have the option to acquire and cast an absentee ballot in person at their county election office (other locations may also be available -- check your city clerk’s office for more information). You may vote early in person until Monday, Nov. 2. Please note the business hours of your early voting location before your arrival.
Election day voting
Polls will be open for voters who wish to cast their ballots on Election Day, Nov. 3. Polls are generally open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and you may vote so long as you’re in line by 8 p.m. You can find your polling location
on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
Please note: If you have cast an absentee ballot and wish to vote in person on Election Day, you may cancel your ballot two weeks before Nov. 3.
Whichever option you choose, the MNCPA encourages you to vote. Not only does your vote affect the results of the presidential election, there are also many local races that are depending on your voice. And, more often than not, those races come down to just a small percentage of votes that determine the outcome.
We will continue to advocate for the profession on your behalf at the State Capitol and with federal lawmakers -- but we can’t do it alone. Please do your part and vote.
Geno Fragnito is the MNCPA government relations director, advocating on behalf of the CPA profession. His days consist of last-minute meeting changes, building relationships with lawmakers, helping CPAs navigate state government, and putting in more than 15,000 steps per day walking the halls of the Capitol. Geno unwinds with a little golf and traveling with his family. If he weren’t a lobbyist, Geno would perfect his cast and be a professional fisherman. Geno can be reached at 952-885-5550 or email@example.com.
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