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Following the Money Behind the Amendment to Restrict Voting Rights

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A report by Take Action MN reveals that the financial interests behind the efforts to insert the Amendment to Restrict Voting Rights into the MN Constitution are the three largest banks in MN:  Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, and TCF.  Dan McGrath, Executive Director of TAMN stated that this Amendment will make it more difficult, if not impossible, for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans to vote.  "This is a very insidious Amendment which will rewrite the rules to benefit the 1%."

These banks financially backed the 2010 takeover of the House and Senate by Republicans.  They spent almost a half million dollars to elect 25 new members to the legislature.  They put members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), who are leading the attack on the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans, in key positions of leadership.  The money that banks spent dwarfed the amounts candidates themselves raised for their campaigns. McGrath concluded, "Photo ID is an attempt to fundamentally change the rules of democracy to benefit the wealthiest and most powerful." Watch the press release video.

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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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