So You Want to Work on Elections?

Monday, October 3, 2022 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT

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Are you looking to get started on your organization’s elections plan? Join the Office of the Secretary of State and the nonprofits conducting voter engagement to find out more about how your organization can get involved! The Office of the Secretary of State provides various election resources to support nonprofits and foundations in their engagement efforts. Learn from nonprofit leaders who will share their voter engagement strategies with their communities. There will be time for questions to the presenters.

Nonprofits and the charitable sector play a critical role engaging new and traditional voters. 2022 is a big year for elections – the entire Minnesota State Legislature, 8 U.S. House of Representatives seats, Governor and Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General, and more are on the ballot.


melanie hazelipMelanie Hazelip is the Voter Outreach Director for the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. She is new to the office but has done this work for six years, in a variety of capacities. She believes democracy is not a spectator sport, we all must participate. In her work she tries to make voting accessible to all Minnesotans. She spends her days talking to advocates around the state who share the same goal.

may yangMay Yang is the public policy manager with the Minnesota Council on Foundations, where she leads efforts to strengthen democratic systems and civic engagement. May has over a decade of experience bringing people together to build collective power and drive systems change. Her previous work includes grassroots organizing, policy development, and campaign management.

ileanaIleana Mejia is the public policy advocate at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and is working to increase individual nonprofits' advocacy capacity through trainings, materials, and conversations, and advocating on behalf of the nonprofit sector as a whole to advance MCN’s mission. Ileana has a passion for inclusion and racial equity work, particularly in lifting up voices who have been historically left out of policy decisions that directly influence them.

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