What’s the number one way to make an impact on climate change? Vote!
Your vote is your voice: use your vote to elect officials who will make climate change a priority in office. Early voting begins this week for the primary election in Minnesota. How can you impact climate change at the polls?
What’s on the Ballot?
You can download an official sample ballot to learn more about the candidates running to represent you.
2018 is a momentous election year, with almost every position on the ballot including:
- All of Minnesota’s 2 U.S. Senators and 8 U.S. Representatives
- State Governor and state officials
- All 134 seats of the Minnesota House of Representatives
- Many local offices depending on where you live, such as county commissioners, sheriff, judge, mayor, city council, or school board
Take notes about each candidate’s positions, and let candidates know you’re voting for climate solutions! Learn about all the positions on your ballot and why they are important in your community.Your vote is your voice: use your vote to elect officials who will make #climate change a priority in office. Click To Tweet
Why are These Candidates on the Ballot?
The partisan caucus process earlier this year influenced which candidates appear on your ballot. The primary election in August will result in only one candidate from each party appearing on the ballot for the general election come November. Each vote has an even larger impact in many close local races, and climate solutions can take place at every level.
Voting is not a spectator sport; make sure you’re counted when election results come in!
2018 Election Dates
- June 29–August 13: Early/Absentee voting is open for primary election
- July 24: Register in advance to save time on Election Day
- August 14: Primary Election
- September 21–November 5: Early/Absentee voting is open for general election
- October 16: Register in advance to save time on Election Day
- November 6: Election Day
Register to Vote
Check your voter status at the Secretary of State website.
All U.S. Citizens who are at least 18 years old on Election Day, a resident of Minnesota for 20 days, and finished with all parts of any felony sentence are eligible to vote. If you have moved, changed your name, or haven’t voted in four years, you have to reregister.
Minnesota works hard to help all eligible voters participate by offering online registration, Election Day registration, early voting, and more great information on how to vote for new voters, college students, and other circumstances at mnvotes.org.
Where to Go
Find your local polling place, open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.
You must vote in the location assigned to your address, since ballots are different in each district. If you are registered you will simply sign in and receive your ballot! You are allowed time off from work, assistance to help you vote, freedom from intimidation, and privacy to cast your ballot.
You do not need to bring a photo ID, although a State or Tribal identification can be one way to show your residency if you are not pre registered.
Share your Plan
Once you’re registered and know your candidates, make a plan with friends to go to the polls together. Pledge to vote and get reminders.
Get up early and go before school or work to make sure you get it done. Get a voting buddy, or go with your family or neighbor. Show your “I voted” sticker as a reminder to other voters throughout the day, and post reminders for everyone on your calendar, fridge, bulletin board, or social media.
Challenge your neighbors to show a high turnout in your precinct. Ask people what their plans are for voting, and follow up with them to make sure they cast their vote. Who you vote for is private, but whether you show up is public. Celebrate your vote, ring a bell for first time voters, and have a party after you visit the polls!
What Else Can I Do?
Youth and other residents who aren’t eligible to vote can still impact elections.
More impactful than mailings, news, or phone calls, hearing from people you know is the most effective way to influence a vote. Ask your friends and neighbors what they care about in your community that motivates them to vote. Many of the things we love are threatened by climate change.
Climate change will impact the young generation beyond others, so the decisions that older voters and elected officials make will long outlive them. Your kids will know if you sit out. They can’t vote, vote for them!
Throughout the spring from Grand Rapids to Rochester, Climate Generation heard from community members across Minnesota about local solutions to climate change that can have a global impact. Participants in every community shared voting as a key action to influence climate change.
Whether or not you want to educate others about specific candidates, you can still encourage people to show up and exercise their right to vote as a solution to climate change. Climate Generation works with partners like the Minnesota Youth Collective to support communities making climate change a priority when they vote this year!
Get out the vote, and learn more about how you can advocate for climate action to your candidates and in your community.
Students who are 16 or 17 can also serve as election judge trainees alongside thousands of election judges across Minnesota each year. Students are paid to see firsthand how elections are managed and provide an important service in helping their community vote. Many cities are still looking for judges to keep polls running smoothly on Election Day. Learn more about becoming an election judge or student election judge!