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Thursday, September 19 • 8:10am - 9:00am
The Library as a Nonpartisan Community Hub for Voter Outreach and Education

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In 2018 Minnesota had- once again- the highest voter turnout in the country, including the highest youth turnout. That said, more than a third of eligible Minnesotans and over half of eligible young people here did not vote. Studies and anecdotal evidence have both shown that registration and voting increases as voters are educated in the processes and exposed to the voting experience, making them comfortable and familiar. Is the library the place to go to get registered, educated, and informed about candidates and issues? Should it be? This session will explore what libraries are doing around voter outreach, registration, and education (and how these tactics have been working) and what more they might do with resources and support from community and governmental partnerships. In addition to a brief presentation on the Minitex/OSS partnership, our discussion will be used to plan additional resources and to develop and facilitate community partnerships for interested libraries.


Zachariah Miller

Zach is the Head of Communications at Minitex. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, he worked in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Zach holds a BA in Philosophy with minors in Physics and Asian Studies from Saint Olaf College... Read More →

Michael Wall

Michael is a Voter Outreach Specialist for the Office of Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. What that means is he gets to spend his days connecting people to the power of our representative democracy and their place in it, helping people learn and utilize the registration and... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Waconia 6

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