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Join me for a February 8 Town Hall

Friday, January 24, 2020

Rep. Xiong

Neighbors,

As the legislative session gets closer, I hope you'll share your priorities and goals for 2020 with me! I hope you'll join Rep. Steve Sandell, Sen. Susan Kent, and me for a town hall at Woodbury High School at noon on February 8. 

Feel free to come with questions about legislation we passed last year, and suggestions for the legislative session which begins on February 11. 

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2020 Census

The census provides critical data that directly impacts our community’s representation and support, with billions of dollars in federal funding going to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. It’s important that you and your household are accurately counted. You can click here to download a fact sheet with more information, or here to watch a short video.

The Census is currently looking to fill thousands of temporary positions to conduct the census.You can find more information on census jobs here.

REAL ID

2020 is also the year when Minnesotans will need to obtain a REAL ID-compliant license in order to board a commercial plane or enter certain federal buildings. These changes go into effect on October 1, but you can and should apply for a REAL ID as soon as you are able to - it 

Here’s what you need to bring with you to the DMV when applying for your REAL ID:

  • One document providing proof of identity and date of birth. This can be an unexpired passport, a certified copy of a birth certificate, or a certified certificate of citizenship. You may also need a certified marriage certificate if your name is different than on your birth certificate.
  • Proof of a social security number. You can use your Social Security card, a W2 showing taxes withheld from the current year, or a paystub with your name, address, and Social Security Number.
  • Two documents providing proof of Minnesota residency. This can be many documents, but the most commonly used ones are an unexpired current driver’s license, a credit card or bank statement from the last 90 days, a federal or state income tax return from the recent filing year, or a utility bill that does not have another name beside your own on it.

You can find more information about REAL ID, including a complete breakdown of acceptable documents to bring when applying, here.

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Minnesota Presidential Primary

A quick reminder that voting in Minnesota’s Presidential Primary has officially begun! Though Minnesota's presidential primary day is on March 3, early ballots are now available for those who are ready to cast their presidential primary vote. For more information on how to get an absentee ballot, or for any questions you may have on Minnesota’s Presidential Primary, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s webpage.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you on February 8!

Sincerely,

Rep. Tou Xiong 

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