Candidate Forum and Debate Roundup

Election Day is already this Tuesday! We hope you’re informed on the issues that matter as you head to the polls, and one great way to do that is to listen to candidates answer questions and debate the issues. Below is a roundup of candidate debates and forums over the past few months in Minnesota.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the issues you care about–and make sure to go vote!

It’s Time to Vote!

Have you voted yet? Election Day is November 6th but early voting in Minnesota is already happening! This is an important election year and your voice matters, so make a plan to vote, talk to your friends about voting and help get others to the polls! Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know to vote in Minnesota.

Am I registered? Is it too late to register?

In Minnesota, you can register on Election Day, so if you aren’t registered already, it’s not too late! Check your registration here and register online, on paper or at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to show proof of address to register.

Do I need an ID to vote?

You do NOT need an ID to vote if your registration is current and active, but if your registration is not active, you will need to show proof of address to register. Visit to learn more about the types of ID required to register.

Where do I vote?

Early voting by mail: You must apply to vote early by mail, which you can do online. Be sure to leave time to receive and return your ballot on or before Election Day. Ballots received after Election Day do not count!

Early voting in-person: All county elections offices in Minnesota allow early voting in-person. Depending on where you live, your city or county may have other in-person early voting locations as well.

Voting on Election Day: Enter your address into this Polling Place Finder to find out where you can vote on Election Day.

What are my rights as a voter?

This sheet goes over all your rights as a voter. Make sure you understand your rights as a voter and that your friends and loved ones know their rights, too!

I have other questions about voting

Visit the Secretary of State’s website to explore any and all questions about voting. Or contact us at LAMN if you have questions. Don’t sit this election out!

Advocacy Update: September 2018

Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forum

Lutheran Advocacy-MN actively promoted Homes for All’s gubernatorial forum. Both major-party lieutenant governor candidates, Donna Bergstrom and Peggy Flanagan, have housing and low-income experience. More than 500 people attended in person or by livestream.  Another 150+ have watched online. If you haven’t seen it, watch the forum!

Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota highlighted as Homes for All Partner 

LA-MN is honored to be the first partner featured on Home’s for All’s blog as it begins highlighting the work of coalition partners.  Learn more about our work on housing and how you can participate.

Questions for State Legislative Candidates

Election season is heating up!  Do you know where your state legislative candidates stand on issues that matter?  Here are some questions you can ask candidates before election day to make sure you’re making an informed decision!

On clean energy:

Minnesota’s legislature voted nearly unanimously to pass the 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. Governor Pawlenty signed it into law. It set a standard of 25% renewable energy to be reached by 2025 (30% for Xcel Energy), and encouraged energy efficiency. The law has helped Minnesota add many businesses and jobs, reduce prices with low-cost renewables (15% below national average), cut energy consumption by 1%/year, and dramatically lower emissions from power plants.

What would you do to continue Minnesota’s transition to renewable energy?

How would you support clean energy businesses and jobs?

On housing:

Across Minnesota, there isn’t enough affordable housing. High housing costs contribute to increased hunger rates. Families in minimum wage jobs must work 71 hours/week to afford a two-bedroom apartment. 450,000 Minnesota households are cost burdened.

What would you do legislatively to increase levels of safe affordable housing?

How would you protect existing affordable rental housing?

What would you do to prevent and end homelessness?

Family Separation and Reunification

So much has happened over the last month with the president’s new Zero Tolerance immigration policy of separating children from their families at the border that it can be hard to keep up. Here’s a refresher of what’s happened and what’s currently happening under this policy, and what the ELCA and advocacy partners are doing in response.

The policy: The Department of Justice announced in April that every adult who enters the country without immigration authorization would be criminally prosecuted, regardless of the circumstances. This includes refugees fleeing their home countries due to violence or other reasons, even though refugees are required under US law to present themselves at a point of entry—in other words, people entering the United States to claim asylum are not breaking the law.  Under the previous policy, people caught crossing the border or those claiming asylum would be held in immigrant detention pending the outcome of their immigration proceeding. Under the new policy, they are instead referred to criminal prosecution to determine whether they will serve prison time for crossing the border. Federal law classifies crossing the border without approval by an immigration official as a misdemeanor, not a felony; it is the criminal equivalent to trespassing on national forest land.

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