ALEC's Connection in MN PDF Print E-mail


State Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer is ALEC’s state chairman for Minnesota. She authored the photo ID bill that passed the MN House and Senate last year, but was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton as well as the referendum to be placed on the ballot in November. 15 GOP sponsors of Minnesota’s photo ID amendment are ALEC members, according to a report by Take Action Minnesota:  "The 1% versus Democracy."

As Minnesota’s former Secretary of State, Kiffmeyer is known for attempting to pass rules that would prevent certain people from voting.  During her tenure, she issued a number of rules that would have disenfranchised voters had courts not ruled against them. In 2004, Kiffmeyer ruled that voters were required to have a valid ID that “exactly matched” the information on her registered voter rolls. Two years later, she ruled on Election Day that college students could not use utility bills to prove their residence when voting. She also tried to ban tribal identification cards used by Native Americans unless the voter could prove they were residents on their tribe’s reservation.  Courts overturned all of Rep. Kiffmeyer’s rulings.









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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