One year ago a group of activists decided to plan a conference. That vision became a reality on January 28 as MNxMN 2018: Beyond Resistance. It was a full day of 40 sessions, over 60 exhibitors and nearly 400 attendees coming together to focus on making a difference in Minnesota.

Now we’re back and ready to take it to the next level. We’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to get our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, establish a working board and start work on the MNxMN 2019 Conference. We invite you to join us as we continue our journey of activism through the mid-term congressional election and planning for our second annual conference. Check out our newly updated website at mnxmn.org to keep up on what’s going on.

The mid-term elections are less than two weeks away. Every vote counts. Recent elections have been won or lost by a small margin of votes. The best way for your voice to be heard is to vote for the candidates who share your values and will represent your interests. Here are tips for making a difference in this election:

  • Register to Vote – If you haven’t registered, do it. If you are registered, check that your registration is still active. Go to the MN Secretary of State’s website at mnvotes.org for details on registration and voting.

  • Learn About the Candidates – To make an informed decision, don’t rely on the news, social media, the polls and the ads. Do a Google search for information on the candidates, their talking points and their voting record (if they’re currently in office). Pay attention to what they do, not what they say.

  • Volunteer or Donate – Support a candidate or cause that’s meaningful to you. Focus your energy toward something you’re passionate about. Also, some cities are still looking for election day staff. These are paid positions. Check your city’s website for more information.

  • Help Others Vote – Get creative and have fun. Bring a friend with you to the polls, help someone get their absentee ballot in so they can vote, give someone a ride so they can vote, encourage someone who hasn’t voted before to go vote, throw a ballot party and get all your friends together to vote.

  • Take Care of Yourself – With the stress of the current political climate, it’s easy to push yourself too hard. You will be more effective if you get a good night’s sleep, eat regular meals and take time for yourself a few minutes each day.

  • Ready, Set, Vote! – If voting on Election Day isn't an option for you (or if you just can't wait to cast your ballot), voting early is a quick and easy way to perform your civic duty! Your county elections office or city clerk likely offers a variety of hours in which you can cast your ballot early. If you prefer to vote on Election Day, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. across Minnesota. Go to mnvotes.org for full details on registering, polling places, early voting and candidates.

What are you waiting for? Go Vote!

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