More ambassador trainings coming up this week & in September

The 2013 municipal election is quickly approaching and the City of Minneapolis is looking for volunteers from across the city to be voter ambassadors. Voter ambassadors will work in the community to raise awareness about the election and to engage voters so more people will come out to vote in November. Since this year’s election will use ranked-choice voting, it’s especially important that folks get involved and help educate their friends and neighbors on voting this fall.

Each volunteer ambassador will be asked to commit to taking part in events within their community between now and Election Day. Just as importantly, though, ambassadors will be prepared to share information on a one-to-one basis with their friends and neighbors about the election and how to vote in November. The concept behind this program is that connecting with volunteers increases the City’s capacity to engage all voters across all segments of the community—including those targeted populations that have historically been under-represented in elections.

The voter ambassador program is creating a network of community volunteers who are able to provide resources and information about this year’s election directly to their neighborhoods and civic circles. Ambassadors are trained in election fundamentals, including voting procedures and how ranked-choice voting works. Each ambassador is being supplied with maps to polling places, pamphlets, sample ranked-choice ballots, and guides to answer frequently asked questions about ranked-choice voting. In addition, ambassadors have access to videos that show how to vote using a ranked-choice ballot. These materials will be made available in multiple languages.

The City is recruiting potential voter ambassadors now, and is holding ongoing training and information sessions. The next session is this Wednesday at UROC at 2001 Plymouth Ave N, just off of the intersection of Penn and Plymouth Avenues, at 6:30 p.m.

Let us know you are planning to attend one of the upcoming sessions or are interested in volunteering for this program by contacting the program coordinator, Anissa Hollingshead, at 612-673-2296 or by email anissa.hollingshead@minneapolismn.gov. You can also fill out the online application.

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • Wed., Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. at UROC (Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center) - 2001 Plymouth Ave N
  • Thurs., Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. at East Side Neighborhood Services - 1700 Second Street NE
  • Sat., Sept. 7, 10:30 a.m. at North Regional Library - 1315 Lowry Ave N
  • Wed., Sept. 11, 6:00 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center - 310 E 38th Street
  • Tues., Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. at Hosmer Library - 347 E 36th Street

Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415
elections@minneapolismn.gov