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Felony Disenfranchisement: Why 5 Million Americans Can’t Vote This November

As the number of people being disenfranchised increases, the conduct classified as a felony expands, and research consistently shows that one who votes is less likely to reoffend, it is time to revisit both why and how Minnesota disenfranchises its citizens. On November 6, 2012, millions of Americans will wake up ready to participate in what will undoubtedly […]

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Debating Voter ID

Barring intervention by the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota voters in November will be asked to decide whether the State Constitution should be amended to limit the franchise to those who can prove their identity by presenting a valid, government-issued photo ID card. Consider the arguments … . A Costly, Unnecessary Abuse of the Constitution A Means […]

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Debating Voter ID: A Means to Increase Confidence in Elections

In 2005, the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform led by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker concluded that our “electoral system cannot inspire public confidence if no safeguards exist to deter and detect fraud or to confirm the identity of voters.”1 As a result, the Carter-Baker Commission recommended that states […]

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Debating Voter ID: A Costly, Unnecessary Abuse of the Constitution

From its 1858 statehood Minnesota has been a leader in voting rights.  We take pride in the fact that Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout, and it has a history and bipartisan tradition of encouraging citizen engagement.  Minnesota is also a state of common sense, embodying a pragmatic “If it ain’t broke don’t fix […]

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Debating Voter ID: Voter Fraud & the Impact of Voter ID

The stated motivation for the placement of the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot by the legislature this fall is to reduce the incidence of voter fraud in Minnesota, particularly identity fraud. A second stated motivation of the author of the amendment is to eliminate the practice of vouching for voters who want to register […]

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Behind the Scenes: Attorneys and the Republican National Convention

It’s over.  The Republican National Convention has come and (mostly) gone and now it’s time for the reckoning.  Just how many people came to town?  How many chicken sandwiches were consumed?  How many people demonstrated?  The numbers are being sorted, the story is being told, and somehow someone will decide if the event was a […]

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