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Thanks to no excuse absentee balloting, early voting in Minnesota is now easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Apply for an absentee ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State by clicking here, or visit your city or county election office. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you after receiving your application. You do not have to provide an excuse for not voting on Election Day in person.

2. Fill out the absentee ballot. You'll be asked to have a register voter or notary verify that you received a blank ballot and you were the person to vote.

3. Return the absentee ballot via mail, fax, email, or drop it off in person at your city or county election office the day before the election.

In the past, voters had to provide an approved excuse for not voting in person. With no excuse absentee balloting, you don't have to worry about work, weather or wheels stopping you from voting early.

Early voting opens this month, June 27, for the Aug. 12 primary election. Applications are being accepted now for no excuse absentee ballots. Not registeed to vote? Voter registration information will be included with your absentee ballot.

There's no excuse not to vote in 2014! Support our DFL-endorsed candidates and vote today.

Poverty Doesn’t Create Jobs
From Workday Minnesota
By Eliot Seide

26 March 2013

COMMENTARY - In the richest nation on earth, it’s wrong for anyone who works full time to live in poverty. Yet millions of Americans who work a 40-hour week are unable to lift their families out of poverty. Imagine supporting your family on just $14,500 a year. That’s what a full-time, minimum-wage job pays. Wages come to less than $279 a week – and that’s before taxes.

The faces of the working poor are mothers and fathers struggling to feed, shelter, clothe and educate their children. They aren’t lazy folks grabbing government handouts. They’re proud parents who are doing their best, but still aren’t getting by. They can’t put healthy food on the table and they can’t afford to live in a safe neighborhood. That’s because their hard work isn’t recognized with a decent paycheck.

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