Voting is Vital for Clean Energy, Climate Justice, and Democracy

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“I Voted” stickers (Pioneer Press: Liam James Doyle)

UPDATE October 29, 2020, via the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon: If you still have an absentee ballot at home, YOU MUST drop it off by hand to an election office or official drop box. DO NOT use the mail to return your absentee ballot. You may also choose to vote in person early or on Election Day. 

Election day is drawing near on November 3, 2020. We at Fresh Energy are doing what we can to encourage all who can to vote and engage in the democratic process.

Fresh Energy is a 501c3 nonprofit, meaning that the organization cannot and does not endorse or oppose candidates running for office. However, that does not mean that we cannot engage in meaningful ways to ensure that political and governmental structures are upheld for the good of our society. We are committed to doing our part.

As an organization, Fresh Energy provides all staff eight hours of paid time off on election day each major election year. We do it to ensure everyone has time to vote and can serve as election judges or conduct “get out the vote” efforts if they wish.

Free and fair elections are a measure of a healthy democracy, and with the COVID-19 pandemic still ravaging the country, it is incredibly important that all people can vote safely by which ever method they choose. There has been a lot of public discussion about early and remote voting options.

In Minnesota, early voting can be done either in-person or by mail. The best and only “official” source of information for voting procedures and process in Minnesota, is the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.

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If you have requested an absentee ballot, the Minnesota secretary of state has advised that you drop it off by hand to an election office or official drop box. DO NOT use the mail to return your absentee ballot. Make your voting plan and talk to your loved ones about making theirs too. Every vote must count!

The right to vote is fundamental to hold our government and elected officials accountable. It is also vital to achieving the policy goals we at Fresh Energy are working towards:  clean and affordable renewable energy, environmental justice, and social equity. These are all necessary parts to transforming our society to a more just, healthy and livable planet. We must do our part to ensure that future.

Vote on or by November 3 and continue to use your voice for climate, clean energy, and justice.