News from the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area (LWVSCA)
General Election 2020
Around 80 percent of registered voters in Minnesotans cast ballots on November 3 and made their voices heard! Thousands of people state-wide deserve our gratitude for making this General Election run smoothly—from poll workers, election officials, and postal workers, to volunteers who assisted with voter registration, who helped the home-bound make voting plans, and who provided transportation to the polls.
Here and across the country, election workers were faced with counting an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots. This is democracy in action, and every vote mattered.
In Minnesota, mail-in ballots received by November 10 were counted, provided they were postmarked no later than 8:00 p.m. November 3. Based on a ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, absentee ballots arriving after Election Day had to be counted separately from other ballots. Fewer than 3,000 mail-in ballots arrived after Election Day and have been segregated.
We successfully recorded our 2020 candidate forums with no audiences present. The public was invited to submit candidate questions, and we thank those who emailed questions. A summary of links to recorded forums can be found on the "What We Do" page of this website.
Centennial Observance Ongoing
In 2020, we are honoring the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters and the passage of the 19th Amendment. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was officially certified and added to the U.S. Constitution. Since 1973, this date has been observed as Women's Equality Day. This year, we celebrated that day online and recalled suffrage accomplishments with toasts and cheers.
Dialogue and a Drink: Informal Discussion (event complete)
November 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (via Zoom)
“Election 2020—Evaluating the Process”
The League of Women Voters has been involved in a number of initiatives this election cycle, including the Vote from Home project and recording candidate forums with no in-person audiences. League members and guests will discuss and share ideas about how these efforts affected voter education and voting behavior in the midst of a pandemic.
Monthly Unit Meeting (event complete)
November 11, 2020, 1:00 p.m. (via Zoom)
“Electoral College or National Popular Vote”
In the wake of another Presidential Election, we will discuss how the Electoral College works and why we have it. What are Minnesota's procedures for participating? Has this approach outgrown its usefulness and what are the alternatives? There is growing support for a National Popular Vote movement that works within the structure of each state's ability to choose how it distributes its electoral college votes.
League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) has taken a position that the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice President is essential to representative government. However, abolishing the Electoral College would require considerable national debate and a constitutional amendment. As an alternative, we will discuss how individual states are joining the National Popular Vote Compact and what that entails.
Visitors who are interested in our meeting and discussion topics, can email us using the icon below to request more information.