HOW TO EARLY VOTE IN MN

ThriftyHip is definitely not a political beast, but we DO talk about things to do, and so instead of going out 1 night this week, we’d like to spend a night voting at home.

EARLY VOTING BALLOT

First, you will need an early voting ballot.  This takes a couple days to receive, so make sure to get on it right away!

Now, you can get an absentee ballot by going to your election office, but I’m lazy, so I’m just letting them mail me one.

Oh, and FYI, if you still have to register, they will send you the form with your ballot! Easy. Peasy.

Early Voting Ballot Mailed to You

 

VOTE FOR RIGHT CANDIDATE

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I’m sure you’re already aware of who you’re voting for the presidential races and senate races, but I thought it would be nice to know a little about some of the lower ticket people, like the MN Supreme Court or school board.  Here is a quick profile about contested races and summaries from their sites/my research online.

 

MN SUPREME COURT CANDIDATES

There are 2 contested races for Hennepin County.  Don’t know these people? Don’t feel bad, neither did I til I spent a few hours researching. Here is the summary of what I found.

 

4th District, Court 37

CAROLINA LAMAS (incumbent)

Appointed in 2014 by Gov Dayton, Carolina is one of the youngest MN Supreme Court Justices.  An immigrant from Peru, she has spent most of her pre-judge time working as a public defender and at local non-profit that defends indigent people who’ve been charged with felonies.

 

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Carolina does FREE Weddings for people on Valentines Day.

 

She also seems to understand peoples’ hardships and sets fair, standard bail, however, if you think she should be tougher on crime…?

Anyway, check out her website for some testimonials and positions, but she seems to be doing a great job.

 

LUKE KYPER BELLVILLE

Luke is also pretty young.  His site is hard to really nail down his qualifications.  Apparently he, “…Grew up in the inner city…” and is “…very hard on violent crime…”

He seems to be running on a very deep local roots campaign.  You know the type, the people that think that MN is the best place in the world and they never want to go anywhere else….

Anyway, he seems to be running to pay off his student debt, which I can support, but in way of other qualifications?

 

FINAL CALL: 

Vote Carolina, who was hand-picked by Dayton.  She’s qualified and has experience with a wide range of economically challenged clients.  Vote Luke if you want someone that will be a little tougher on crime, but also lacks travel and experience (and presumably, empathy) outside of the Twin Cities or with immigrant communities.


 

 

4th District, Court 45

PAUL SCOGGIN (Incumbent)

Another appointee by Gov. Dayton, Paul seems like a well qualified attorney-turned-judge and lists an extensive list of endorsements.

I honestly couldn’t find much searching for him online, but I did read a real funny case: Man Joyrides and Wrecks Lamborghini, then commits Insurance Fraud where he actually was against Chris Ritts, his opponent for his current seat.

 

CHRIS RIttS

Chris, like Paul, has a lot of law experience.  I was able to find a lot more about him, which was nice, but sadly, I didn’t agree with what types of cases he was taking.  I mean, everyone is entitled to a proper defense, but defending a guy that rips off his own parents, is a shady line to walk.


 

 

4th District, Court 45

NATALIE HUDSON (INCUMBENT)

Hamline Law School graduate (from 1986), lots of endorsements from appellate judges and colleagues.  She is very religious (married to pastor, involved in women ministry programs, etc.) and has a ton of experience working with multi-racial groups.

 

MICHELLE MACDONALD

Well, this is Michelle’s 2nd run at Supreme Court here in MN, and although it’s a non-partisan seat, in 2014, she got the endorsement of the GOP, gave a speech waving a bible around, a DWI, and a funny article in Minnpost.

 


MN SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

I found a great article comparing all the candidates in competitive districts. Great job by the Southwest Journal on this. Read and choose based on your district.

 

Hopefully this gives you a little insight on those lower end items, which are VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR LIFE HERE… and at least most of these aren’t, as John Oliver puts it…

 

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Nothing on this matter for now. But this is a good post.