Crippling Effects of the Voter Restriction Amendment PDF Print E-mail


The Importance of Voting and the Crippling Effects
of the Voter Restriction Amendment

Between performances at the Gospel Music Concert in Brooklyn Center on October 26, ministers and leaders in MN nonprofit organizations introduced the concert goers to the history of voting in the U.S. and Minnesota, commented on the devastating impact the Voter Restriction Amendment would have on the Minnesota election process, and encouraged everyone to vote for the candidates who include everyone in their vision for Minnesota and the country.  If you missed the concert, you can still watch several of the passionate and insightful presentations on this half hour tape.

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The Presenters include:

Carolyn Jackson - Lobbying Coordinator, American Civil Liberties Union MN

The history of voting expansion in the U.S.

dane smith gospel concert 102612Dane Smith - President, Growth and Justice - MN's leadership in civil rights and voting rights and the crippling effects the so called "Photo ID" Amendment would have on MN's election process.

joy marsh stevens gospel concert 102612Joy Marsh Stephens - ISAIAH Chairperson for West suburban Region - The importance of being informed voters for elections at all levels, municipal to national, to vote for candidates that benefit everyone.

devin miller gospel concert 2 102612Devin Miller - Pastor of Clear Faith Christian Ministries Church of God in Christ in Richfield, MN - The spiritual nature of voting.

View the video of their talks by John Risken.





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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