Voting and Elections
The Racial Justice and Public Policy Department is dedicated to providing information to educate all members of the YWCA community on the importance of voting, early learning and youth development.
- YWCA Minneapolis is a nonpartisan organization; we support policies that help us fulfill our mission of "eliminating racism and empowering women, girls and youth." We do not endorse any one political party or candidate. The YWCA, however, can support or oppose constitutional amendments.
- YWCA Minneapolis' top priority is access to high-quality, affordable, early childhood education and afterschool youth programs for all Minnesota families, regardless of race, economics or culture
Why Should You Vote?
- It's your constitutional right. Many communities acted through protest and advocacy to get the right to vote -- some even lost their lives. To this day, there are still communities that can't partake in this fashion. If you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 by Election Day, a Minnesota resident for 20 days, finished with all parts of any felony sentence, you can vote on November 8.
- Every vote counts and matters, helping to provide just representation of the people. A vote is a voice!
- Every voice is important and helps influences change. Want things to change, stay the same, increased, or decreased? Whatever it is, share it! You have a story that powerful and worthy of being heard. No one can speak your experience better than you.
- A way to participate in your community.
Before casting your vote, here's a voter engagement checklist to help you prepare.
- If you've never voted, moved, changed your name since the last election or haven't voted in five years, you need to register to vote.
- Connect with three about voting. Encourage three people to register and pledge to vote, or get information about the upcoming election.
- Find out who's on your ballot. Before heading to the polls, do some research on the candidates (use the "view sample ballot" section below). Find trusted sources to inform yourself. A few things to look for and ask yourself:
- Does the candidate have a website, Twitter account or Facebook page?
- Where do they stand on the issues? Such as:
- Women issues/empowerment
- Education K-12 (i.e., policies, parental involvements, educational standards)
- Early Childhood Education/ Pre-K
- Afterschool options/funding and youth leadership development
- Race Relations (i.e., diversity among elected officials, community affairs)
- Local/Small Businesses
- Environment/Sustainability (i.e., bike lanes, water quality, waste management, parks and recreation)
- The Economy (i.e., jobs)
- Children and youth issues (i.e., safety, city curfew hours)
- Violence/Crime Prevention (community policy efforts)
- What are their top priorities?
- What are your top priorities?
- Is the candidate endorsed by anyone such as an organization or group? If so, who?
- Does this candidate have a voting record? If so, what have they voted for and against?
These questions are important to ask so you feel confident in the vote you cast! Set aside 5-10 minutes each day to dig into candidates on your ballot. Take it a step further; go hear them speak at an open house or candidate panel.
Email us to keep posted on opportunities to volunteer with YWCA Minneapolis Voter Engagement events.
Helpful Voting and Election Information
From the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office: