The Wealthy 1% that's behind Minnesota's Voter Restriction Push PDF Print E-mail

A report by
TakeAction Minnesota, describes how Minnesota’s wealthiest financial institutions and their executives, lobbying groups, and PACs together with the Chamber of Commerce pooled funds and shared resources to enable a Republican takeover of the state legislature in 2010.  The Chamber of Commerce, the Minnesota Business Partnership, and Minnesota Forward donated hundred of thousands of dollars to candidates who won seats in the MN House and Senate.

These Senators and Representatives are the ones that passed the referendum for a MN Constitutional Amendment that would prevent hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans from casting a vote.  Dan McGrath, executive director of TakeAction Minnesota, called the Amendment to Restrict Voting “An intentional effort to reduce the voting rolls in order to help corporate conservatives further expand their wealth and power.”  15 of the sponsors of the Amendment to Restrict Voting Rights are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization of wealthy corporations and legislators that wrote model Voter Restriction legislation introduced in states throughout the nation.  Read Brenton Mock's article:  "
The Wealthy 1% that's behind Minnesota's Voter ID Push."




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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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