CAPI engages, encourages and empowers Minnesota’s immigrants and refugees to get involved in problem-solving and decision-making on issues that matter to them.

Civic Engagement

CAPI works to empower new immigrants and refugees by increasing voter participation, advocating to make services more accessible to limited English speakers, and promoting immigrant and refugee input into publicly financed initiatives to ensure their voices are heard and gains are made.

Coalition Building

The systemic issues that face our immigrant and refugee communities are larger than CAPI or any other singular agency. At CAPI, we believe that in order to change systems we must work collaboratively and powerfully with other non-profits, to both organize the diverse communities of Minnesota and advocate for significant systemic changes.

CAPI serves on numerous coalitions that are pushing for systemic change alongside of our communities. CAPI leads the Asian Minnesota Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) and is a part of the leadership of the North Star Alliance. CAPI also serves on the Blue Line Coalition, MCF, Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council, and more.

Public Policy

CAPI seeks to center the voices of immigrant, refugee, and U.S.-born communities of color to advocate and advance policies that reflect the community’s needs and undoes harmful practices that hold inequities in place. We commit to responding to community needs, promoting equity-centered and anti-racist policies, developing leaders, and co-create solutions with and for immigrant, refugee, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Click the link below to see CAPI’s 2023 Public Policy Agenda and find out more information we are focusing our efforts on through various policy committees.


Elections: General Election Information

Who can Vote?

You can register to vote if you meet all of the following qualifications.

  • You’re a U.S. citizen;
  • You’ll be at least 18 years old Election Day;
  • You’re a resident of Minnesota for 20 days;
  • You have finished all parts of any felony sentence;
  • You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote;
  • You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote in the following four ways:

  1. Register online. You will need an email address, a Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number or the last four numbers of your Social Security number. If you are a participant in Minnesota’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program, do not register to vote or update your registration online. Contact Safe at Home at 1-866-723-3035.
  2. Register on paper and mail in the form. You can print a voter registration application and mail it to your local county election office or the MN Secretary of State prior to Election Day.
  3. Register to vote at any local elections office prior to Election Day.
  4. Register on Election Day. You will need to provide proof of current Minnesota address at your polling place on Election Day or at an early voting location.

How do I vote?

You can register to vote if you meet all of the following qualifications.

  1. You can vote Absentee (vote early) by requesting an absentee ballot online. A paper ballot will be mailed to you from the MN Secretary of State’s Office. Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the Secretary of State Office by 3pm on Election Day.
  2. You can vote early in person at an early vote location or your county election office.
  3. You can vote at your polling location on Election Day. Polls are open 7am to 8pm and you must be in line by 8pm to vote.

How do I check my Voter Registration Status?

To check your voter registration status, absentee ballot status, and to find your polling location, visit: MN Secretary of State’s Registration Page. Be sure to check on this at least 30 days before Election day in case you have to change any information.

2023 Elections Information

General Elections

March 14, 2023 – Township Elections

June 23 – August 7, 2023 – Vote by mail or in person for the Primary

July 18, 2023 – Register in advance to save time on Primary Election Day

August 8, 2023 – Primary Election Day

September 22 – November 6, 2023 – Vote by mail or in person for Election Day

October 17, 2023 – Register in advance to save time on Election Day

November 7, 2023 – Election Day

  • Early Voting by mail or in person begins September 22, 2023 through November 6, 2023
  • The last day to register to vote in advance of Election Day is Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Request Absentee Ballot

You can request an absentee ballot for both the Primary and General Elections here.

“We are pleased to support CAPI USA in its efforts to empower all Minnesotans to engage in the democratic process, access civic information, and feel confident making informed decisions on the issues that matter to them.”

-Debby Landesman, McKnight Board Chair