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2020 Minnesota Election

Primary Day: Aug. 11, 2020

Primary Voting Registration Deadline: Aug. 11, 2020 (registrations after July 21, 2020, must be done in person or confirmed with an official Notice of Late Registration)

Voter ID Required? No

2020 SENATE RACE

TINA SMITH (D), Incumbent

A former vice president of a Minnesota-based Planned Parenthood affiliate, Smith joined the U.S. Senate after three years of service as the state’s lieutenant governor.

I’m … the only senator who has ever worked at Planned Parenthood. And I know that when women do not have the freedom to make their own choices about their reproductive health care, they have lost the freedom to direct their own lives.

Tina Smith, July 9, 2018

Source: smith.senate.gov

Smith has championed access to sexual and reproductive health care for much of her career — working as a senior official at a Planned Parenthood affiliate before entering electoral politics. “I believe that my work extending health care to women through Planned Parenthood is something that most people will respect and do respect,” Smith has said.

In the Senate, Smith has fought efforts by the Trump-Pence administration to block patients with lower incomes from obtaining care at Planned Parenthood health centers — and spoken out to oppose confirming Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who before his Supreme Court nomination had a long record of ruling to limit access to safe, legal abortion.  

JASON LEWIS (R) 

Lewis launched his political career after earning notoriety as a conservative talk-radio host.

It used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can't call her a slut?

Jason Lewis, March 2012

Source: CNN

  • In a November 2010 episode of his radio show, Lewis derided a woman who came forward with credible allegations of sexual misconduct by a Republican presidential candidate. “How traumatizing was it,“ Lewis asked. “Is that really something that’s going to be seared in your memory that you’ll need therapy for?” 

  • Lewis has denounced the Affordable Care Act provision that requires insurance plans to provide access to birth control with no copay. “I never thought in my lifetime where’d you have so many … single women who would vote on the issue of somebody else buying their diaphragm. … Those women are ignorant in, I mean, the most generic way.”

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