With Election Day on Nov. 3, just around the corner state officials are encouraging Minnesotans to vote and participate in democracy safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison recently highlighted the state’s efforts to ensure that community events, including those related to political campaigns, are held safely.
Walz says he has asked both the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns to ensure their events abide by state requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office and its partners in the state’s health and labor agencies have been contacting organizers of large indoor and outdoor community events of all kinds in the state, more than 70 of them. The goal is to make sure the organizers understand their responsibility to comply with COVID-19 safety requirements.
The reminders from Walz and Ellison comes as state health officials are noting an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state.
“This is a big change. For the first time, we’re seeing faster growth in cases than in testing. Despite our impressively high test numbers, we’re still not able to catch the disease that’s out there. The case growth is faster than testing growth. You see that too in the testing positivity rate,” said Jan Malcolm, Minnesota Health Commissioner, at a press conference on Oct. 19.
Those who have yet to vote are encouraged to do so safely by voting early, or by mailing or dropping off their ballot.
Find out how at the Secretary of State’s webite: here