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Businesses can increase voter participation

More than 2,000 businesses, including a number of large enterprises … have joined a movement called “Time to Vote” … encouraging employees to vote through paid time off, a no meetings workday and resources for mail-in ballots and early voting.

voters early voting on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis

Poverty in Minnesota: A call to action

While federal benefits programs can help low-income individuals meet their basic needs and mitigate the effects of poverty, for many Minnesotans, especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color households, the costs of these basic needs are too high to be offset by federal assistance programs.