Celebrate the legacy of the Voting Rights Act with a call to action on National Voter Registration Day
Elections & Voter Services will be hosting a registration drive on Tuesday, Sept. 22, during the morning by the Government Plaza station
Register to vote or update your registration on the way into work the morning of National Voter Registration Day as part of a voter registration drive being held outside of Minneapolis City Hall near the Government Plaza train station. Starting at 7:30 a.m., staff from Elections & Voter Services will be on hand to help voters complete registration applications and to share information about a special celebration happening at City Hall that day over the noon hour.
Community celebration: Formal program at 11:30 a.m., with entertainment beginning at 11 a.m.
Join us over the noon hour at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 22, National Voter Registration Day, to focus on the importance of voter registration in building a culture of electoral engagement in the City of Minneapolis. This event will also celebrate the work that has gone into protecting and promoting the right to vote and build momentum for ongoing work in this area, including an increased focus on voter registration. As one in a series of events and activities being planned in the ongoing “My Power, My Ballot” campaign, focused on engaging all eligible voters, this occasion also connects with a series of activities across the state commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in 2015.
This event serves several key purposes, including:
- Honoring and celebrating the history of protecting and securing voting rights in Minnesota and the nation;
- Focusing on the importance of registering to vote as the first step to participating in the electoral process;
- Building dialogue about sharing the message behind the “My Power, My Ballot” initiative of why every vote matters and how to carry that message into the community;
- Providing momentum for ongoing voter outreach and engagement work at the City and by partners in the community;
- Increasing public confidence and awareness around how to engage in the operations of City government through the electoral process and ongoing interaction with policy makers; and
- Serving as a call to action for participants to: 1) register to vote, and 2) commit to vote and to sharing the stories of why voting matters with others.
Attendees will enjoy an inspiring and engaging program, including:
- A formal program featuring speakers and entertainment. Sharing as part of the event will be Secretary of State Steve Simon, former Mayor Don Fraser who was a member of congress in 1965 and voted for the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and Tammy Patrick of the Bipartisan Policy Committee. Entertainment will be provided by local music legend Robert Robinson who will be joined by a special joint gospel choir.
- In honor of its 50th Anniversary this year, City Hall is featuring an exhibit highlighting the history of the Voting Rights Act and elections in Minnesota on display throughout the building from September through December of 2015. Attendees can enjoy the exhibit, starting in the Rotunda where the program will be taking place.
- Direct opportunities to learn more and get involved with promoting the vote and helping build a culture of electoral engagement across Minneapolis. Voter education programming will be available both to connect directly with residents and to provide exposure for attending partners and organizations to experience the resources available through the city's Elections & Voter Services Division for voter outreach and engagement work. Voting equipment will be set up for an on-site, first-hand demonstrations.
- There will also be information and resources for organizations wishing to conduct their own voter registration drives now or in the future, including registration drive packets and voter pledge cards. This event is a perfect kick off activity to get staff and volunteers engaged for ongoing voter outreach and engagement work.
Who should attend:
- People active in work around voting rights and voter engagement;
- Members of organizations committed to engaging in voter outreach work;
- People who care about their community and want to see it prosper;
- People who want to learn more about the work the Elections Division is doing in this area, the resources it can provide for voter education and engagement, and how to engage others in sharing information about the basics of voting.
Voting Rights Act historical exhibit
Following its unveiling on Sept. 22 as part of the day's celebration, this exhibit will remain on display in the Minneapolis City Hall/Hennepin County Courthouse through December. A result of a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, the Hennepin History Museum, and the Municipal Building Commission, the exhibit features historic photos and artifacts from the City's archives and Hennepin History Museum that showcase the history of the Voting Rights Act and elections in Minnesota.