The flag of the United States of America is an enduring symbol of the nation’s ideals of freedom and liberty. Flag Day has been recognized for many generations, but was first formally declared an official holiday in August 1949 when President Harry S. Truman signed legislation proclaiming June 14 as being “Flag Day.” Organizations like The National Flag Day Foundation coordinate activities and events centered on honoring the national flag as part of this annual celebration.
Concurrently, Flag Day reminds us there are only 146 days until Election Day! That’s just under four months. It’s a great big community celebration, one where everyone is invited to participate. But, to participate in this celebration, residents must first “RSVP” to the party … and that RSVP means getting registered.
Last year, Elections & Voter Services successfully partnered with several community organizations on voter registration drives and ensuring voters knew how to register, since it is the critical first step in the process of casting a ballot. One successful new program was our Tenant Notice of Voter Registration, which went into effect prior to the 2016 Presidential Election. We plan to replicate many of those partnerships again this year, and are anxious to expand with new partner organizations in 2017, particularly in the nonprofit community. Studies have shown great success through nonprofit agency partnerships at driving increased registrations, and we intend to pursue that strategy in Minneapolis. One aspect of these successful partnerships is engaging nonprofit, community-based organizations as partners under the City’s C.O.R.E. program. C.O.R.E. stands for “Charitable Organizations Recruiting (for) Elections,” and is an opportunity for nonprofit agencies to recruit election judges and receive payments for their services, in lieu of compensation to the agency’s recruited election judges. We had some success with this program in 2016 and are eager to build upon those efforts this year.
Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415