Voter ID: What lurks in Minnesota's proposed amendment? PDF Print E-mail

mike dean common causeIn an April 2012 Pioneer Press article, "Voter ID:  What lurks in Minnesota's proposed amendment?" Mike Dean, Executive Director of Common Cause, explains that a drastic change in Minnesota's voting system is hidden behind the Voting Rights Amendment.  The hidden change is provisional balloting which requires eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.  A provisional ballot is not a real ballot because it doesn't get counted until everything on a registration form is verified or until the voter returns to a county courthouse to show a government authorized photo ID.  This could delay the outcome of election races for weeks and results in most provisional ballots never being counted.  In the 2008 election, 87% of Indiana's ID related provisional ballots were not counted.



MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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