GOD DAMMIT I NEED TO GET STARTED ON THIS.
In 2021, both Minneapolis and Saint Paul will hold municipal races.
In Saint Paul, the ballot includes the mayoral race; a school board race (3 full-term seats, 1 partial-term seat vacated by someone moving); and a charter amendment to impose rent control.
In Minneapolis, the ballot includes the mayoral race; the city council seats (all of which will be only 2 years — there will be another city council race in 2023 due to redistricting); Park Board district seats; Park Board At Large seats (3); the Board of Estimate and Taxation; and three charter amendments (one to allow rent control, one to replace the police department with a public safety department, and one to give the mayor more power).
There are 17 candidates for mayor in Minneapolis; there are 8 candidates for mayor in Saint Paul.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE IF YOU WISH TO VOTE BY MAIL: Last year, you were able to request your ballot by filling out an online form. This year you will have to submit a downloadable form — which can still be done online, but you’ll have to download a PDF, fill it in, and e-mail it back, it’s a different and somewhat more complicated process. More here. This isn’t the Secretary of State being difficult: the actual state statute allows for absentee ballot applications to be submitted electronically “for a federal, state, or county election.” If you want “municipal” added to this, talk to your legislator.
In the meantime, I’m going to remind everyone that I had a book released this April, Chaos on CatNet. Signed copies are usually available from Dreamhaven and from the current mail-order-only incarnation of Uncle Hugo’s. Books make great holiday gifts, but should be ordered early this year — supply chain issues are happening all over.
I do not have a Patreon or Ko-Fi, so if you’d like make a donation to encourage my work, I’m going to start by pointing my readers at the school nurse from Olson Middle School, who urgently needs a refrigerator for things like student medications.
About applying for an absentee ballot:
Submitting a request by e-mail can have security issues. Voters can print the ballot request form and mail or hand-carry a signed/dated copy to the Elections HQ in NE Minneapolis or the St. Paul/Ramsey County HQ.
Thanks for your note about voting by mail this year.
I doubt if many know this.
And thanks for your attention to races that get overlooked sometimes.
Whee, at last a charity that I don’t need a credit card for! And who promise not to send me any spam!
Thank you for hosting this project. I’m already looking forward to this year’s analysis, so much so that I was feeling guilty for using someone’s hard and skillful work without any compensation. Now I’ve made my contribution, and the guilt is gone. Phew!!
She’s back! I look forward to this write up every election season in Minneapolis 🙂