Arne Carlson, Republican Governor of Minnesota from 1991 to 1999, and Walter Mondale, Democratic Vice President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, recently teamed up to ask us to question why we would cast aside an election system that leads the nation in voter turnout and honesty and institute instead a highly complicated two-ballot system that will cost millions and increase taxes. It will also make voting more difficult so fewer MN Citizens will be able to vote.
They note that the proposed amendment which will greatly alter Minnesota's elections does not have its origins in Minnesota, nor is it based on legislative studies of recent elections. Rather, "it is a product of an organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, which is the creation of the Koch brothers, who amassed their fortunes in oil and who live in Florida."
The goal of the global corporations that belong to ALEC is to influence legislators who introduce legislation across the nation.
The aim of this particular amendment is mainly to end election-day registration, directly affecting more than 500,000 Minnesota voters.