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.
Unit Meeting via Zoom
March 10, 2021, 1:00--3:00 p.m.
“Affordable Housing and Homelessness in the St. Cloud Area”
The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with our Minnesota winter, has led to increased housing instability and homelessness. Given these impacts, a general concern is whether the St. Cloud area offers an adequate supply of affordable housing units, options, and opportunities. A panel of LWVSCA members will examine the factors contributing to housing instability and homelessness across the state and locally. These factors include the gap between income and housing costs, as well as the impact of physical health, mental health, and chemical dependency on the ability to maintain stable housing. The panel will discuss 1. resources available in the St. Cloud area that support homeless individuals and families, 2. local resources that assist the transition to stable housing, and 3. housing assistance programs offered through the St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and the Central MN Housing Partnership.
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