15-Minute Advocate: Early Voting Model Resolution Available for Cities

The League supports establishing a true early voting system.
(Published Feb 17, 2015)

(Updated Feb 23, 2015)

1. Get Informed
The League supports the establishment of a true early voting system (see SD-64 of the 2015 City Policies (pdf)). The League’s Board of Director’s adopted this issue as one of its 2015 legislative priorities.

SF 414 (Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport) was heard in the Senate Subcommittee on Elections on Feb. 19. League staff shared a letter of support during the hearing (see related story).

The bill would establish early voting 15 days prior to Election Day through 5 p.m. on the third day before the election. Pending certification of statewide systems and voting equipment to administer early voting by the secretary of state, the law would be effective for elections held on or after Aug. 1, 2015.

Co-authors of SF 414 include: Sens. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis), Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley), John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin), and Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan).

2. Take Action
City officials and staff are encouraged to contact their legislators to inform them of early voting and encourage their support by:

  • Discussing and adopting the model resolution as a city. If your city passes the resolution, be sure to send a copy to your legislators and to League staff (liaison@lmc.org or to Ann Lindstrom at 145 University Ave W., St. Paul, MN 55103).

View a model resolution available to cities (doc)

  • Sharing with your legislators input from your city clerk and/or elections administrators about the difference between in-person absentee balloting and a true early voting system, including:
    • The impact that the existing system has on voters’ experience when submitting a no-excuse absentee ballot in person to be processed after the voter has left. With early voting, the voter puts the ballot into the tabulator and can correct any voter errors if needed.
    • How a true early voting system would make the process more efficient for both the voters and administrators.
  • Using the League’s letter in support of early voting (pdf) for additional talking points.

Access information about how to contact your legislators

3. Stay Involved
Continue to inform and advocate with your representatives and senators on the issue of early voting as the bills move through the legislative process.

Be sure to let League staff know when you’ve passed resolutions, contacted your legislators, or if legislators have questions that League staff can follow up on.

Stay up to date on this legislation and others by following League staff on Twitter (access IGR staff Twitter handles), subscribing to Capitol Updates, and responding to action alert messages sent by League staff.

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