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Legislative Update - July 14, 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Dear neighbors, 

Yesterday, Governor Walz called the Legislature back for our second special session of the summer. During this special session, we hope to enact meaningful police accountability and criminal justice reforms, safeguard Minnesotans’ health and wellbeing during the pandemic, pass a strong bonding bill, and invest in rebuilding businesses and communities that were damaged during recent civil unrest.

Request an Absentee Ballot

There are so many wonderful stories about Minnesotans taking care of each other during this unprecedented time. Absentee voting is another way to be a good neighbor. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you can help protect other voters and election officials as well as yourself by voting absentee. Request an absentee ballot for the upcoming primary and general elections here. The online application tool will ask for an email address and an identification number – either a Minnesota-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. You can check your voter registration status here and update it here.

Respond to the Census

75.5 percent of Hennepin County residents have responded to the 2020 Census. I encourage you to take a few minutes to respond if you haven’t done so already and to remind friends and family to do the same. More online, mail, or phone responses mean fewer census workers needing to go door to door in this time of pandemic. Census data determines how billions of dollars in federal funding is allocated and impacts representation at the local, state, and national level. Getting a strong, accurate count is necessary to ensure fair distribution of resources and equal representation. If you haven’t responded to the Census, you can do so online here, by phone, or by mail.

Stay in Touch

This will be my last legislative update until after the election. Whether running or not, legislators cannot use state resources for unsolicited communications during an election period because it might create an unfair advantage. While I won’t be able to send these emails for awhile, I am still available to meet via telephone, answer questions, and discuss issues that are important to our community. Please don’t hesitate to email me at or call my office at 651-296-4200.


Jean Wagenius
State Representative