We’ve got big choices ahead of us in Minneapolis. Our city is at the center of a national conversation on public safety after the murder of George Floyd, putting that issue — alongside housing, the economy, racial disparity, and climate change — at the forefront of our minds. To help voters make informed choices this election season, Pollen worked with Sahan Journal and Pillsbury United Communities to ask Minneapolitans what they wanted to learn about the people on their ballots. We used their responses to create the questions we sent to each candidate.
The result is a voter guide created by the community, for the community. It goes deep on the issues from a perspective that centers voices too often ignored in political spaces: Black, immigrant, working class, Indigenous, members of the broader African and Asian diasporas, and others.
Election math seems simple — one person, one vote — but there’s so much community feeding into that equation before a single vote is cast: block-by-block organizing, church gatherings, conversations with neighbors, dinner table debates. We come together and help each other make informed decisions with our ballots. So dig in, get to know your candidates, and get ready to make your informed decision about who can help create the future you want to see for Minneapolis.
Vote on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Find your polling place at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us. You can also vote by mail, or vote early in-person starting September 17. More information at vote.minneapolismn.gov. The City of Minneapolis also offers voter assistance. More information at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/assistance.
All polling locations have translation resources available via phone. Election workers will connect the voter with a translator who assists via phone/speaker mode. The City also strives to assign election workers to polls with fluency in the most prevalent languages spoken in larger numbers within each precinct; primarily Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.
This non-partisan voter guide was compiled by, designed, and published by Pollen Midwest. It is part of a larger Minneapolis voter engagement initiative with Pollen, Pillsbury United Communities, and Sahan Journal designed to center the voices and lives of BIPOC Minneapolis residents, and to provide comprehensive, fact-based, and engaging information about the issues and the candidates. The questions we asked of the candidates came straight from Minneapolis residents through an extensive community engagement process that included over 400 survey respondents and multiple listening sessions. We would like to thank the following community organizations for their participation and insights: African Immigrants Community Services, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER), Karen Organization of Minnesota, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, CAPI USA, and Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (COPAL MN) We did our best to include the voices of as many candidates for mayor and city council as we could reach, and will continue to update the guide up until election day with submissions from candidates who did not respond to our original request.