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MN Turnout in 2008 was Top in the Nation at 77.8%



Since 1980,
Minnesota's voter turnout has topped the nation's by an average of 17%, and our state has come in first in voter turnout more often than any other.  
The ideal for a democracy is for each citizen to have one vote.  As more citizens are able to participate in selecting their elected officials, we come closer to this ideal.



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What makes Minnesota's high turnout possible?   


First, Minnesota has a user friendly voting system which minimizes barriers to voting and uses election day registration.  In 1974 Minnesota started using what is called "same day registration,"  which allows voters to register and cast their vote on the same day.  It worked so well in Minnesota  that  9 other states copied the system.  Those states also have a higher voter turnout, one that is 10 to 12 percent higher than states without same day registration.


Second, MN is flexible ID about the kind of ID people registering to vote on election day must have:  a Photo ID and evidence of residency in the precinct or someone registered in the voter's precinct to vouch for the voter. Having a flexible ID can increase turnout 3 to 4%.

Third, the Secretary of State's Office makes the procedure for absentee voting clear.  It assists voters by automatically including a Voter Registration Form with a requested absentee ballot when the person requesting the form is not registered.  In 2008, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie made it easy for Minnesotans in the military to vote by providing an informative website and outreach to military service personnel.   According to the Overseas Vote Foundation, Minnesota's 2008 military absentee ballot return rate was 64.4 percent, over two and a half times that of the 2008 national military absentee ballot return rate of 26.2% (MN Case Study 2008).

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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."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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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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