ACER HELD A SERIES OF VIRTUAL VOTER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS TO INFORM PEOPLE ABOUT A VARIETY OF TOPICS, INCLUDING RANKED CHOICE VOTING, VOTER RIGHTS, VOTER REGISTRATION, AND REDISTRICTING.
At this first virtual voter community meeting, Minnesota Director of Elections David Maeda, Brooklyn Park City Clerk Devin Montero, and Founder of Black Votes Matter MN Anika Robbins joined ACER to discuss the current state of voting in Minnesota. David Maeda spoke about how to register to vote online, in person, or vote absentee. Devin Montero spoke about the Brooklyn Park special election and Anika joined the discussion to talk about voter empowerment and turning frustration into action through voting. Panelists also discussed how covid-19 has changed the voting process in the short term and in the long term.
ACER held our second virtual Community Meeting hosted by Organizing Manager Madeleine Lerner. Joining Madeleine was Brooklyn Park City Clerk Devin Montero, League of Women Voters Redistricting Coordinator Paul Huffman, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Mr. Montero discussed the BP special mayoral election, changes to polling locations, and various ways people can vote. Paul Huffman discussed redistricting and how it impacts communities’ voting power. Lastly, Sec. Steve Simion logged on to discuss the nuances and legal issues surrounding gerrymandering and redistricting.
ACER held a Ranked Choice Voting webinar on Zoom, live-streamed on Facebook, featuring Sec. State Steve Simon, Rep. Dean Phillips, Brian Bosire of FairVote Minnesota, and Michael Sund from the Office of the St. Louis Park City Clerk. The event brought these advocates and public officials together to inform voters and interested parties about the RCV voting system, which is already active in some parts of Minnesota and which some municipalities are considering enacting.