News from the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area (LWVSCA)
General Election 2020
The 2020 General Election is now one for the history books, and Minnesota's statistics are noteworthy. The following successes happened during a global pandemic, indicating both a strong civic sense and confidence in the integrity of our state's election system:
With 79.96% of all eligible voters casting a ballot, Minnesota's turnout in 2020 was number one in the nation and the state's highest since 1956. This was the third election in a row that we were the top voting state.
58% of Minnesota voters cast absentee ballots, either by mail or in person, representing 1.9 million of the nearly 3.3 millions votes cast. This compares with 24% in 2018. The state has been steadily honing absentee voting procedures, to the benefit of voters this year.
The 42% of voters who voted at polling places on Election Day 2020 found a safe physical environment, complete with personal protective equipment and social distancing guidance. Kudos to the approximately 30,000 election judges who administered the election statewide during this challenging time.
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.
In 2020, we honored 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. As we transition to 2021, we remember our 2020 online celebrations of suffrage accomplishments.
January 13, 2021, 1:00--3:00 p.m. (Event complete.)
“COVID-19 and Education”
How are COVID-19 and Minnesota's “Safe Learning Plan” affecting decisions being made by School District #742 and the Stride Academy Charter School? Presenters for District #742 will be Dr. Willie Jett, Superintendent, and Amy Skaalerud, Executive Director of Finance and Business Services. Carol Potter, Director of Special Education, will address the funding of and unique challenges facing Special Education right now. Stride Academy presenters will be Principal Gwen Anderson, Ed.D, National Board of Certified Teachers, and Sara Fromm, MS, National Crisis Counseling, Board Chair for the last five years.
Minnesota's “Safe Learning Plan," adopted in July, 2020, offers data-driven guidelines for in-person and online instruction for primary and secondary schools. Funds provided to districts can be used to meet the challenges of educating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each local district is responsible for decisions involving the various grade levels and for ensuring the safety of all students, teachers, and parents.
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