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Request for Committee Action

2020 Presidential Election: Initial plans and preparations (RCA-2019-00373)

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT
City Clerk's Office
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Elections & Rules Committee Mar 27, 2019
Lead Staff:
Casey Joe Carl, City Clerk
Presented By:
Casey Joe Carl, City Clerk
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Receive & File Report

Receiving and filing a report on initial plans and preparations by the Elections & Voter Services Division related to the 2020 Presidential Election.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

The 2020 Presidential General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3; the primary run-off is 90 days earlier, on Tuesday, August 11. The absentee balloting period for both the primary and general election begins 46 days prior to those scheduled dates, on June 26 and September 18, respectively. Given the high-profile nature of presidential elections, it is highly probable that Minneapolis will experience significant turnout next year. Of its registered voter population, Minneapolis achieved 81% turnout in the 2012 Presidential Election and 79% turnout for the 2016 Presidential Election. Following is a table showing voter participation in the City of Minneapolis for all presidential elections, 1968 to 2016.

Year

Total Votes Cast

Number of Pre-Registered Voters

Number of Same Day Registrations

Turnout

Percent of voters registering when voting

Absentee Voters

Percent of ballots cast early by absentee

2016

219,832

246,185

25,916

79%

13%

60,778

28%

2012

214,003

214,003

52,952

81%

25%

15,143

7%

2008

208,973

240,022

50,505

72%

24%

17,100

8%

2004

201,672

238,848

48,611

70%

24%

14,147

7%

2000

175,191

212,604

46,627

68%

27%

8,412

5%

1996

163,110

209,079

30,784

68%

19%

5,667

3%

1992

186,438

232,250

39,156

69%

21%

7,877

4%

1988

185,329

235,212

36,967

68%

20%

NA**

1984

200,238

254,198

36,318

69%

18%

5,021

3%

1980

201,189

249,437

45,092

68%

22%

NA

1976

201,135

255,493

38,760

68%

19%

NA

1972

198,045

269,086

0*

74%

0%

NA

1968

194,694

258,030

0*

75%

0%

NA

Increasingly, voters are opting to take advantage of the multiple forms of "early voting" avaiable in Minnesota, all under the category of absentee balloting. This includes Vote-By-Mail, Early In-Person, Direct Balloting, and other forms permitted by state election law. The City of Minneapolis has successfully experimented with the use of multiple Early Vote Centers in 2016 and 2018, and EVS recommends similar plans for the 2020 Presidential Election. Additionally, EVS recommends a series of interrelated initiatives as part of its Voter Outreach & Education program to engage, educate, and empower voters to participate, particularly from those communities which have historically been under-represented in election turnout and participation. EVS plans to build on the successes of similar VOE initiatives from prior years in 2020, working collaboratively with other City departments as well as nonprofit and community service organizations. The desired outcome of all these initial plans and preparations is to maximize equitable access to the ballot for all qualified voters.

FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT
  • No fiscal impact anticipated