A citizen's most powerful tool in civic engagement is the right to vote.

It is important that we all learn how to protect that right.

The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area and Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will present a joint program Tuesday, March 13 about election integrity with Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State.

As Minnesota's chief elections administrator, he has pledged to "work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state" to protect, defend and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota.

The presentation begins at 1 p.m. at Park Theater. It is free and open to the public.

According to Simon, Minnesota has rigorous safety measures in place before, on and after Election Day to ensure elections are fair and secure. Voting integrity is an important cornerstone of democracy.

Simon will address these questions: What are the safeguards for our election system? Can we be hacked? What does hacking exactly mean? How do we make sure there is no fraud in our registration and voting system? What do we need to do to improve our voting system? What are our responsibilities as citizens to maintain the integrity of our elections? Is the Legislature putting forth any bills with changes for our election system in 2018?

The League of Women Voters Park Rapids Area is a non-partisan, volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in the community through education. For more information, email lwvparkrapids//lwvparkrapidsarea.blogspot.com.