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Minnesota House discusses mail-in options for upcoming elections

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Rep. Klevorn


Dear Neighbors,

Last week, Minnesota received good news regarding our COVID-19 testing capacity. Thanks to the innovation and partnership between the Governor, the Minnesota Legislature, Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, and Hennepin Healthcare, we can now test up to 20,000 Minnesotans per day. A newly launched website lists clinic locations that are currently testing and the type of patients that they are testing. It allows you to sort based on city or county. Additionally, the website walks you through questions to help you decide if you should seek testing.


testing breakthrough


House committees continue to hold remote public hearings to discuss additional measures to provide critical support to Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. With less than three weeks until we are constitutionally required to adjourn on May 18, we’re working quickly and collaboratively to address remaining disparities the virus is exacerbating. Together, we have the power to decide our future by following public health recommendations to keep our communities safe as we look toward building a stronger, safer Minnesota and the next steps we must take as a state to address the pandemic.

Mail-In Voting

One of these measures the House is acting on is mail-in voting for our upcoming elections in August and November. All Minnesotans deserve the opportunity to safely participate in our democracy. In the middle of a global pandemic, we should take every opportunity to make our elections safer and ensure every eligible Minnesotan has the opportunity to vote without putting their health at risk. Expanding mail-in voting options is a common-sense, cost-efficient, and safe solution. As the vice chair of the State Government Finance Committee, I had the opportunity to weigh in on the legislation. You can watch a recap of our discussion here.

Getting Minnesotans Safely Back to Work

On Monday, approximately 80,000 to 100,000 Minnesotans were able to return to work safely via executive action of the Governor. Developed in partnership with hundreds of businesses, labor and worker organizations, and public health experts, this action will allow people who cannot tele-work to return to their non-customer facing industrial, manufacturing, and office settings jobs.

With the health and safety of Minnesotans his top priority, the Governor has made clear the Stay Home order remains in effect as we consider ways to gradually loosen restrictions and “turn the dials” starting with settings most conducive to safe practices.

Adjusting the Dials


I’m pleased to share that Plymouth has surpassed the state average of U.S. Census self-responses with 75.9%! Minnesota’s self-response rate is currently at 64.3%.

Now more than ever, our hospitals will rely heavily on federal funds to keep our health care infrastructure stable and strong as our frontline workers continue the fight against COVID-19. If you haven’t already filled out your census form, you still can online.  

Keep in Touch

Please contact me anytime to let me know how I can be of assistance. I appreciate your input and ideas! Email me at and I will respond as soon as I can.

Thank you for the honor of serving you at the Legislature.


Ginny Klevorn

State Representative