October 17
Harvard University graduate student Maya James received an email from a political action committee that seemed harmless: If you support Joe Biden, it

Scammers seize on US election, but it's not votes they want

The email from a political action committee seemed harmless: if you support Joe Biden, it urged, click here to make sure you're registered to vote.
October 16
Gov. Tim Walz has steadily increased his presence on the campaign trail, even though he doesn’t face re-election until 2022.

Gov. Walz not on the ballot this year in Minnesota? Think again

As the state's top elected executive, and a face of the state's response to COVID-19, the governor and his record are an election-year issue in the 201 legislative races for control of the State Capitol.
October 16
Lynette Drake of Hennepin Healthcare administered a free flu shot at North Hennepin Community College as part of an effort to register student voters.

At community colleges, new hurdles in turning out the vote

From puppies to free flu shots, organizers are getting creative.
October 16
"I Voted" stickers

Having trouble voting in Minnesota? Let us know.

Help us report on voting irregularities between now and Election Day.
October 15
Ryan Perez of COPAL showed how he communicated with co-worker Judith Marquez, who was quarantined because of possible exposure to coronavirus. COPAL i

Minnesota organizers credit COVID-19 pandemic with helping mobilize Latino voters

Both presidential campaigns have made outreach efforts with Latino voters.
State + Local
October 13
Nancy Gossell voted in July at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center ahead of the primary.

Minneapolis voters will find two extra questions on their ballots. Here's what they mean

Minneapolis voters will make two decisions this fall that could scramble the city election cycle. The first question on the Nov. 3 ballot will ask…
October 12
Lisa Finander, right, checks that each ballot has the voter's name on the ballot and mailing envelope and Laurie Mattila, left, checked that it was co

Federal judge upholds Minnesota's extended ballot counting

A federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows the counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day.
October 10
Jason Lewis spoke to the crowd at Reagan Day at the Ranch, a Republican event held annually in Taylors Falls, in Chisago County. ] GLEN STUBBE • gle

Jason Lewis brings radio bravado to campaign trail

Jason Lewis puts his flamethrowing style from years of talk radio to use on the campaign trail.
October 9
Youth voter registration in Minnesota is on the rise compared to previous election cycles.

Youth voter registration on the rise in Minnesota

Minnesota is one of 20 states where youth voter registration has grown more than 12% over the last presidential election.
State + Local
October 9
Early voting at Martin Luther King Rec Center, 271 Mackubin St, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

How to vote in the 2020 elections in Minnesota

How do I get an absentee ballot? What if I'm not registered to vote? Here's what you need to know to cast your ballot.
October 8
President Donald Trump visited Duluth on Sept. 30.

Trump campaign cuts back on ads in Minnesota

Campaign appears to be shifting resources to major potential swing states such as Florida, Arizona and North Carolina.
October 6
In this Nov. 1, 2016, photo, a voter is reflected in the glass frame of a poster while leaving a polling site in Atlanta, during early voting ahead of

Minnesota 2020 voter's guide: What you need to know to cast your ballot

Who's running for major offices and where they stand on the issues.
October 6
What would it take for Trump to win Minnesota over Biden?

What would it take for Trump to win Minnesota over Biden?

Geography is just one of many variables in a presidential race — but it's a big one. Where voters turn out could determine whether President Donald Trump becomes the first Republican presidential candidate to win Minnesota in nearly half a century.
Data Drop
October 5
FILE - In this July 29, 2020, file photo, mail in ballot envelopes including an I Voted sticker are prepared in Minneapolis. Nevada's new vote-by-mail

Minnesota's primary had few late or rejected mail ballots

Higher rates of mail-in ballots were returned by Minnesota voters during the state primary, while relatively fewer were rejected.
October 4
Tuesday's presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was projected on a giant screen for a DFL watch party

Trump, Biden rev up Minnesota campaigns while facing the virus

In the final month, both sides have been forced to confront the COVID-19 pandemic in new and surprising ways.
October 3
Republican Kendall Qualls, left, is challenging Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips in the Minnesota Third Distrct race.

Phillips, Qualls vie for moderate voters in swing suburban district

Donald Trump lost the historically Republican Third Congressional District in 2016, and DFLers flipped it in 2018.
October 2
Sen. Tina Smith and Jason Lewis.

Sen. Tina Smith, challenger Jason Lewis clash in debate

U.S. Senate candidates scuffle over pandemic response, policing and race in last debate.
October 2
Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services staff prepared mail-in ballot envelopes, including an "I voted" sticker. Because of COVID-19, Minnesota is wa

What happens to your Minnesota absentee ballot after you mail it?

Minnesota has seen a surge of interest in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election, as more voters opt to vote early or by mail in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
State + Local
September 30
Long Her, a Hmong refugee, voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but now he's considering voting for Trump after his business, New Fashions Tailoring & A

Riot-scarred business owners find sympathetic ear in Trump

Some Twin Cities entrepreneurs of color who suffered losses from the riots after George Floyd's death are wrestling with the political implications of Trump using their stories to blame Democrats for permitting the chaos.
September 29
League of Women Voters volunteers Ann Napp and Katie Anthony awaited registrants at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis on Sept. 22.

Feds launch effort to help ex-felons register to vote in Minnesota

U.S. Probation Services alerts those who have finished their sentence of their rights.