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Voter ID as written is just not our style


Greater Participation Means Better Government

norm ornsteinReporting on Norm Ornstein's recent book It's Even Worse Than It Looks, Lori Sturdevant was relieved to discover Ornstein still holds a Minnesota notion:  "If more people voted and helped choose candidates, this state and nation would be better governed."

Ornstein notes that the Amendment is presented under the pretext of guarding against fraud.  "It's a pretext to try to narrow voter participation."  In a recent talk at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Ornstein and his coauthor Thomas Mann cautioned Minnesotans to resist the Amendment which would replace election day registration with provisional balloting, that Drs. Ornstein and Mann referred to as a terrible process which "can be manipulated by partisan election officials."  They recommend increasing voter turnout and ranked choice voting as ways to move from partisan extremes.  Read Lori Sturdevant's article:  "Voter ID as written is just not our style."


Amendments Would Harm Minnesota's Reputation

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Writing on both constitutional amendments, Dane Smith, President of Growth and Justice states, "So understand this, once and for all: We will do great damage to our brand and our reputation if we approve either one of the constitutional amendments on the ballot in November."

While one amendment would impose unnecessary barriers to voting, the other would cast in constitutional stone the second-class status of our family members and friends.  This is in a state which never outlawed interracial marriage and was one of the first states to allow election day registration and oath by signature to exercise one's right to vote.  "Fact is," Smith emphasizes, "there is no significant problem in our election system," and thus no need for a constitutional amendment which would make it harder or impossible for so many Minnesotans to vote.

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

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MN's Leading Election System

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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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

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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