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Minnesota: Are our elections secure? Minnesota’s in better shape than most states | WDAY

August 31, 2017

With the CIA and the FBI agreeing that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump, many Minnesotans are concerned about protecting the integrity of the state’s election system. They shouldn’t be too worried, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said Tuesday, Aug. 29, during a visit to Detroit Lakes. “My biggest surprise about this job is the time, effort and energy that I and the rest of the staff spend on cyber security issues,” said Simon, who was elected in 2014.

Minnesota: State to provide funds to counties for election equipment | Park Rapids Enterprise

July 27, 2017

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon stopped in Hubbard County last week as he toured the state talking about the need to replace aging election equipment. Simon was seeking $28 million from the Legislature to help counties pay for the project. In May, a bill was signed into law that created a $7 million grant fund to help replace the aging equipment by 2020. The fund provides up to a 50 percent match between the state and counties for mandatory equipment and up to a 75 percent match for electronic poll books.

Editorial: Counting in isolation — how to keep voting system secure | St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 19, 2017

More than five months after Americans went to the polls, election security continues to be an issue across the nation. Some perspective from Ramsey County on efforts to safeguard the integrity of our balloting should ease voters’ minds.

Security was a key factor as his department prepared to implement voting technology upgrades launched in 2016, explains Elections Manager Joe Mansky.
One of the first decisions made: “We wanted our new system to be unplugged, to be non-networked,” he told us. “The reason for it was simple. We saw the networking as a security risk.”

Minnesota: Provisional balloting, a June primary and ‘I voted’ stickers: How legislators are looking to change Minnesota elections | MinnPost

March 29, 2017

In St. Paul, there are only a few areas where bipartisanship is not just a lofty goal, it’s a requirement. That includes any changes lawmakers want to make to the state’s election and voting systems. Gov. Mark Dayton, like former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, has said he’ll only sign election-related bills if the proposals have broad support from legislators in both parties — no matter who’s in power. It’s a tradition that some say has bolstered Minnesota’s strong election system, which has some of the highest voter turnout rates in the nation and few instances of fraud.

Minnesota: Dated voting machines needing improvements | Republican Eagle

March 9, 2017

Minnesota’s local government officials say searching the eBay online auction site for voting machine parts is not the best way to keep the foundation of democracy running smoothly. The company that made much of Minnesota’s voting equipment, especially for disabled voters, has moved on to newer technologies and parts for machines used in most Minnesota polling places are hard to find.

Minnesota: Retooling the state’s voting system | Mesabi Daily News

February 7, 2017

Minnesota’s voting equipment is aging out, and without legislative help, the burden of about $28 million in replacement costs will fall squarely on cities and counties. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon met Monday with the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools to drum up support for a state-funded solution to voting infrastructure now more than a decade old. He’s not asking for the Legislature to foot the bill for the entire cost, rather follow Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal calling for a 50-50 split between the state and local governments.

Minnesota: Lawmakers agree on voting change, differ elsewhere | Woodbury Bulletin

January 12, 2017

Local lawmakers say they would support efforts to allow voters to physically cast their ballot more than a week ahead of Election Day. State law allows counties to give voters the option of casting an absentee ballot in person within seven days of the election. Legislators said the process was popular in the 2016 election in Washington County and the county saved taxpayer money by not having to process as many absentee ballots the traditional way. They agreed it should be expanded, suggesting a 14-day window. It’s another way to get more people voting, said Sen. Dan Schoen, DFL-St.

Five reasons why you can count on Minnesota's voting system | StarTribune

October 25, 2016

Rigged? Fraudulent? Excuse me, but as Donald Trump might interject: “Wrong!”

In Minnesota, we can have confidence in our election outcomes. For the past 12 years, Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, has worked to ensure accurate, transparent and verifiable elections in Minnesota. As the founder of CEIMN, I helped organize seven statewide observations of Minnesota’s postelection audits and recounts.

Here are five reasons you can be confident that the results of next month’s election will be accurate and verifiable.

Minnesota: Paper trail is a cornerstone of state’s election integrity | Star Tribune

September 5, 2016

As more and more of our world goes digital, what important system relies on paper records any more? Democracy, for one. The heart of Minnesota’s plan to safeguard the 2016 election from hackers and fraudsters is a sheet of paper that people mark with a pen. No matter what happens to voting tabulators or election databases, officials can count those piles of paper ballots. “It’s ironic, isn’t it?” said Secretary of State Steve Simon, who will be on the hot seat if anything goes haywire on Nov. 8.

Minnesota: Ballot barcode draws questions | Brainerd Dispatch

June 29, 2016

A Crow Wing County resident Tuesday raised concerns about whether a barcode on his ballot could contain identifying information. Charlie Makidon of Gail Lake Township told the county board during open forum he believes the primary election ballot he received by mail is “marked” by a QR code printed at the bottom. “To 99 percent of the people, this is a marked ballot,” Makidon said. “What does the code say?

Secretary’s Address on the State of Elections with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Feb. 25, 2016.

February 22, 2016

Secretary's Address on the State of Elections with Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.


About the event: Thursday, February 25 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wellstone Center at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St E, St Paul, MN 55107.

Join Secretary Simon five days before precinct caucuses to learn about new voter outreach efforts and hear how you can get involved in 2016.

After the Secretary's address, choose from one of two brief workshops (approximately 12:50 - 1:30):

Minnesota: State One Step Closer to Having Emergency Election Plan | KSTP-TV

January 4, 2016

Right now, if a natural disaster or other major issue happens when Minnesotans head out to vote, there’s no emergency plan in place.Minnesota is now one step closer to being prepared for an election day emergency. The Elections Emergency Planning Task Force is a group of 14 members consisted of election officials, and experts when it comes to emergency planning. Over the course of six meetings last year, they made a few recommendations. 

Minnesota: Aging voting machines may take bite out of budgets | Rochester Post-Bulletin

December 29, 2015

With most of Wabasha County’s voting machines about to turn eight years old, Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer Denise Anderson isn’t taking any chances. Anderson is urging cities and townships to start squirreling away money for when it’s time to replace the machines. “I’ve asked them to start putting money away now, because I feel there is not going to be any (state or federal) money when we need it,” she said. Wabasha County is far from alone when it comes to aging voting machines.

Minnesota secretary of state wants to replace aging voting machines

December 14, 2015

Minnesota's aging voting machines are wearing out and will soon need to be replaced.

That's the message Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said he heard "loud and clear" from local officials during his recently completed tour of all 87 Minnesota counties.

Most cities, counties and townships use electronic election equipment that is at least 10 years old and getting close to its "10- to 15-year useful lifespan -- and 15 is sort of a stretch," Simon said in a recent interview.

Minnesota: Duluth voters reject ranked-choice voting | Duluth News Tribune

November 6, 2015

In what turned out to be one of the most hotly debated issues on this year’s ballot, Duluthians sent a strong message Tuesday in favor of their current voting system.Voters resoundingly rejected a citywide referendum that called for a shift to a ranked-choice voting system. The city of Duluth’s tally showed 15,564 “no” votes to 5,271 “yes” votes. The ballot initiative, which called for a change in the way Duluth has voted for more than a century, sharply divided local leaders and led to aggressive campaigning by supporters and detractors alike.

Minnesota: Does your vote count? Duluth mulls ranked-choice elections | Minnesota Public Radio

October 28, 2015

Duluth citizens go to the polls on Nov. 3 to elect city council members and a new mayor. But the hottest race isn’t over a political office. It’s over how future city elections should take place. Duluth voters will decide whether to follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and St. Paul and adopt ranked-choice voting. Ranked-choice voting lets citizens choose up to three candidates and rank them first, second and third among all the candidates in an election. Read more: http://thevotingnews.com/news/page/5/

Minnesota: Group Launches Opposition Campaign to Ranked Choice Voting Referendum | WDIO

October 14, 2015

Without much organized opposition, supporters have been campaigning to adopt ranked choice voting in Duluth, but on Sunday, a citizen group announced it has launched a formal effort to oppose the ballot measure. Five city councilors announced last week that they opposed ranked choice voting and all are now members of a citizen group against a switch to ranked choice for mayoral and some city council seats. The “Keep Voting Simple — Vote No RCV Campaign” gathered on the Duluth City Hall steps to give remarks and field questions from reporters.

Minnesota: Voter registration ordinance passes | The Minnesota Daily

September 29, 2015

When Andrew Degerstrom was a University of Minnesota student in 2009, he didn’t vote in that year’s elections because he didn’t know they were taking place. He said he probably would have voted if he had been given voter registration information when he moved to Minneapolis. Landlords will soon be required to provide their tenants with voter registration information when they move in under a new ordinance the Minneapolis City Council  passed last week. “If this ordinance had been in effect at that time, I would’ve received information on registering to vote when I

Minnesota: Simon looks to implement new voting options | St. Cloud Times

September 18, 2015

While Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon touted the state’s voter turnout during an address in St. Cloud, he said there are still many barriers that need to be removed to make voting more accessible. Simon spoke Thursday night at the Stearns History Museum at the St. Cloud State Social Studies Fall Social and Constitution Day Celebration.  Read more:  https://www.verifiedvoting.org/simon-looks-to-implement-new-voting-options-st-cloud-times/

Minnesota: Secretary of State Simon sides with court: no need for ‘ballot selfie’ ban | Pioneer Press

August 28, 2015

It’s a distinctly 21st Century spin on an age-old practice: excited voters mark up their ballot on Election Day — then pull out a smartphone to take and a picture of their exercise in democracy and post it to social media. These so-called “ballot selfies” are also at the nexus of a legal debate as some states try to curtail the practice but a federal judge defends it. “It’s a fascinating debate,” said Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, the state’s election supervisor.

Minnesota: Ranked Choice Voting to Appear on November Ballot | KQDS

August 12, 2015

An organization, called Fair Vote Minnesota, has petitioned throughout Duluth and received more than 1,600 signatures, which was the magic number, and now puts the question of ranked choice voting on the ballot this November.

Editorials: Internet balloting too risky, Washington Times

July 23, 2015

“Your vote counts” is a snappy slogan just short enough to fit on a lapel button, but snappy is not the same as “secure.” As the 2016 campaign unfolds, there’s renewed interest in enabling voters to vote over the Internet. The notion that choosing a president could be as easy as using a smartphone to order a pizza is tempting to some, but until cybersecurity wizards prove that a vote cast is a vote counted, Internet balloting is unreliably risky. Internet voting has its passionate advocates.

Minnesota: University starts online election program | The Minnesota Daily

July 23, 2015

Following a White House report urging universities to take on a role in training election officials, the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs is launching a new online program that provides a certificate in election administration. The program, which will begin this fall, is the first of its kind in the country and aims to create consistency in election overseers’ training.

Minnesota: Senate Judiciary chair: Giving up felon voting rights bill ‘not easy at all’ | Star Tribune

May 18, 2015

Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Ron Latz said removing a measure to restore voting rights to freed felons was his biggest compromise of the legislative session, but that it didn’t have a chance in the House. “It wasn’t going to happen. (Republican House)Speaker (Kurt) Daudt made clearly to me that they were not going to accept it in the House, no questions asked,” Latz, DFL-St. Louis Park, said Sunday evening, hours after a conference committee passed its joint Public Safety and Judiciary Finance and Policy Bill. The measure still awaits final vote in the House and Senate.

Minnesota: Senate passes elections bill, would allow early voting, restore felon voting rights | StarTribune

May 12, 2015

The Senate passed a wide-ranging elections bill 39-28 on a mostly party line vote that would expand early voting and restore voting rights to felons once they are no longer incarcerated. The bill would automatically register eligible voters when they apply for a driver’s license or state identification card or have it renewed. It would also allow 16- and 17-year olds to “preregister” to vote. A driver’s license applicant could opt-out of registering to vote.

Minnesota: State official raises concerns about aging election equipment | Litchfield Independent Review

April 7, 2015

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon met with Meeker County Auditor Barb Loch on Monday to discuss election-related issues, including concerns about aging election equipment. Simon, who made six stops in the region Monday, said a common concern among local officials is finding money to replace a fleet of election equipment purchased about 10 to 12 years ago with federal funds. Those federal dollars are no longer available, Simon said during an interview after his meeting with Loch.

Minnesota: Renewed push to restore felon voting rights clears first hurdle | Minneapolis Star Tribune

February 20, 2015

A measure to restore voting rights to felons who have been released from incarceration successfully cleared its first committee hurdle Thursday backed by a broad coalition of support. Dozens packed the hearing room in support of the bipartisan bill, authored by Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, that would change state law to allow conflicted felons to vote immediately after they’re released from prison or the workhouse, rather than when they’ve completed the terms of their probation or parole—a process that can take years, if not decades.

Minnesota: Bill Would Make it Easier for National Guard Members to Vote When Called to Serve | KSTP

February 17, 2015

Absentee voting procedures available to military members called to service by the president could soon be extended to members of the Minnesota National Guard. There’s currently a difference in absentee voting rights between National Guard members who are called to service by a governor and members called to service by the president. National Guard members called up for federal service can receive their ballot in some circumstances by email and do not need a witness for their absentee ballot.

Minnesota: Bipartisan alliance wants to restore felon voting rights | Post Bulletin

January 30, 2015

An unusual alliance of some of the state’s most liberal and conservative lawmakers at the Capitol this year are supporting an effort that would allow convicted felons to vote once they leave prison. Under Minnesota law, convicted felons are only eligible to vote after they’ve completed all terms of their sentences — including probation or supervised release. Bills sponsored by Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, and Sen. Bobbie Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, would allow convicted felons to vote after finishing their prison sentences.

Minnesota: Secretary of state pursuing voting advancements | Albert Lea Tribune

January 23, 2015

Two weeks into his term as Minnesota’s new secretary of state, Steve Simon has a goal to make voting as easy as possible for the state’s residents. Simon, a former DFL legislator from Hopkins, in 2014 helped bring about no-excuse absentee voting, which he said has been a huge success. He said there was a 55 percent increase in people utilizing absentee voting during the election in 2014 when compared to 2010, another non-presidential election year.

Secretary of State Awards NASS Medallion to Professor Max Hailperin of Gustavus Adolphus College | News Release-Office of the MN Secretary of State

November 21, 2014


SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — In recognition of his service and contributions to election-related technology and legislation, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today awarded Max Hailperin, professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion.

“The citizens of Minnesota have benefited from Hailperin’s technological expertise,” says Ritchie. “He has been an invaluable resource to this office in all matters related to technology and elections.”

Maryland: Testimony ends in federal online ballot tool case | The Washington Post

August 29, 2014

A judge said Tuesday that he expects to rule “very quickly” on a lawsuit seeking to force Maryland officials to implement an online ballot-marking tool for the blind, a case that could impact other states that don’t use the tool. Lawyers for the National Federation of the Blind are hoping to have the tool in place in time for November’s elections. Their lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, contends that the state is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act for not using the technology, which they say would safeguard blind voters’ privacy.

Minnesota: New online tool for voters to request absentee ballot | Le Center Leader

June 19, 2014

Minnesota voters can now request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org through a new tool launched by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The service allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email. A similar tool for military and overseas voters was introduced in September 2013. Voters may request an absentee ballot for both the August 12 Primary Election and November 4 General Election.

Minnesota: Judge: Online voter registration system must shut down | StarTribune

April 29, 2014

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie must immediately shut down the online voter registration system he launched last year because he lacked the authority to create it, a Ramsey County judge decided Monday. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann said Ritchie had until midnight on Tuesday to close the system and confirm that he had done so by Wednesday. More than 3,600 Minnesotans have taken advantage of online registration.

Minnesota: Washington County putting 90 new voting machines to work | Star Tribune

April 22, 2014

The dutiful Washington County voter, having chosen candidates and issues after a few moments of intense concentration in the election booth, steps to the counting machine with ballot in hand only to find a problem. But what? Did the voter “overwrite” the ballot by marking more than one candidate for a race? Or stray across party lines in a primary election? Or fail to mark the vote inside the oval spaces provided, circling them instead? A color screen on the county’s new voting machine indicates an error.

Pew Report: Minnesota Among Nation's Elite for Election Performance | News Release: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

April 8, 2014

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The Pew Charitable Trusts’ latest Election Performance Index, released today, ranks Minnesota second in the country for its election performance — citing the state’s nation-leading voter turnout, popular election day registration, its online suite of voter tools at mnvotes.org, and more. Pew identified Minnesota as one of only seven other states that placed in the top tier for each election year measured (2008, 2010 and 2012).

Interview with Senator Katie Sieben | The Canvass

March 28, 2014

Minnesota Senator Katie Sieben (D) chairs the Rules and Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections.  She represents a suburban part of St. Paul and previously served in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Sieben’s father, Michael Sieben, and grandfather, Harry Sieben, also served in the Minnesota House. The Canvass interviewed Sieben on March 14.

Minnesota: E-pollbook legislation likely, though enthusiasm has faded a bit | MinnPost

March 7, 2014

Lawmakers will likely move forward with limited electronic-pollbook legislation this session, but it appears that the sense of urgency behind the voting technology has faded a bit. A state Senate committee passed legislation on Wednesday — a day after its House counterpart — that came out of a pollbook task force in late January.

Minnesota: Online voter registration advances in House | Star Tribune

March 6, 2014

Minnesotans should be able to register to vote online, a bipartisan panel of legislators voted on Tuesday. The House Elections Committee unanimously approved the practice that has been available — with considerable controversy — since last year. “I think it’s an issue that is kind of a no-brainer for the state of Minnesota,” said House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis. DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office began accepting online registrations in September, although the law did not specifically permit it. DFLers, Republicans, Gov.

Minn. task force that led pilot project on electronic voting rosters backs another study | StarTribune

January 31, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota panel that led a pilot project around an electronic voter verification process is urging the Legislature to authorize a more extensive study this fall.

Minnesota: Legislature to consider online voter registration bill | Pioneer Press

January 29, 2014

Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree that online voter registration is a good idea — if it is done right. At least, that consensus emerged Tuesday during a House Elections Committee hearing on a bill that would authorize online registration and absentee ballot applications. Registering online is “user friendly, cheaper and more reliable” than filling out paper applications, said Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-Hopkins, the committee chairman and bill sponsor. Minnesota voters already can register electronically.

Minnesota: State already working on shorter voter lines | Grand Forks Herald

January 23, 2014

Long lines at U.S. polling places could be shortened if state and local governments take actions such as allowing early voting and online voter registration, a presidential commission said Wednesday. Good ideas, Deputy Minnesota Secretary of State Beth Fraser said, adding that Minnesota already is making progress in key areas. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie implemented online voter registration last year, although Republican legislators, and some Democrats, say he should have received their approval before it launched.

Minnesota: Voting Roster Upgrade Could Happen Slowly | Associated Press

December 9, 2013

A Minnesota task force studying a higher-tech voter verification process leaned away Monday from recommending that electronic poll books be mandatory in every precinct for the 2014 statewide election. Several panel members highlighted concerns over equipment costs, security protocols and timing while describing a full-scale rollout by next fall as a tall order.

Minnesota: Law cited to justify online voter registration passed with no controversy | Minnesota Public Radio News

November 14, 2013

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s contention that a 13-year-old law gave him the green light to launch a new online voter registration system is receiving support from two former legislators who sponsored the measure. Former state Rep. Matt Entenza and former state Sen.

Minnesota: Ranked-choice voting means lots of candidates but not lots of confusion | Pioneer Press

November 6, 2013

Tuesday’s polls in St. Paul and Minneapolis drew both fans and skeptics of ranked-choice voting — but relatively little confusion despite long candidate slates. The votes, though, did not produce clear winners Tuesday evening in the St. Paul Ward 1 city council race, the Minneapolis mayor race and in three of 13 city council wards in that city. Under the ranked-choice system, only candidates who garner more than 50 percent of first-choice votes emerge as clear-cut victors. St.

Minnesota: Lawsuit challenges Minnesota’s online voter registration system | Star Tribune

November 5, 2013

A group of Republican lawmakers and two interest groups who pushed for voter ID now are going to court to stop a state website that allows voters to register online. In a lawsuit filed in Ramsey County District Court on Monday, the group contends that DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie overstepped his ­authority when he launched the website in September.

Minnesota: State gets ready for electronic voting roster test run as officials examine costs, benefits | Star Tribune

October 10, 2013

Voters who show up at some Minnesota polling places next month will encounter sign-in stations equipped with iPads or bar code scanners as part of an experiment designed to test whether more technology would cut wait times, save money and inspire more confidence in the election process. The electronic roster, or e-poll book, pilot project will take place in fewer than 10 cities and counties, but the results are being closely monitored by election officials across the state because lawmakers could broaden the technology’s use — if the price is right.

Minnesota: GOP leaders call for probe of new online voter registration tool | Politics in Minnesota

October 8, 2013

Top Republican leaders want the state’s legislative auditor to examine a move from Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to allow online voter registration in Minnesota. In a letter sent to Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles‘ office on Monday, GOP minority leaders Kurt Daudt and David Hann, along with Republican election committee leads Rep. Tim Sanders and Sen. Scott Newman, said Ritchie “unilaterally” started the program without vetting the proposal in committee hearings. The program allows new voters to register online or returning voters to update their information.

Minnesota: New technology to be tested at Minnesota electoral polls | StarTribune

July 28, 2013

DFLers who said they could create a high-tech alternative to photo identification at the polls that would preserve voter access now say they may not be able to deliver on that compromise solution anytime soon.

Minnesota: Faster, more reliable voting machines coming in metro area | StarTribune

July 6, 2013

Faster, more reliable voting machines are arriving just in time to help handle an expansion of absentee voting in Minnesota and a high-profile test of Minneapolis’ ranked-choice voting in this fall’s mayoral election. Six of the seven metro-area counties are spending millions to replace hundreds of 13-year-old optical-scan ballot-counting machines, taking advantage of federal grants and the recent certification of new voting technology.

Minnesota: Anoka County getting new election equipment | ABC Newspapers

June 21, 2013

The Anoka County Board has awarded a contract for new election equipment that will be in place in time for the 2013 election Nov.

House election-change bill passes with prospects of GOP support | MinnPost

May 9, 2013

House Democrats passed a series of procedural election changes Wednesday that just might earn the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton, who has called for broad, bipartisan support before he would allow them to become law.

The full House passed a DFL-backed package of modest election changes with two Republican votes on Wednesday and likely more Republican support to come.

Action Alert: Come to the Capitol TODAY at 5:00 to Oppose Voter ID Amendment

March 20, 2013

Action Alert: Come to the Capitol TODAY at 5:00 to Oppose
Voter ID Amendment

Today, the Minnesota House is voting on a voter photo ID amendment
that would require a photo ID of all voters, eliminate vouching and could make
Election Day Registration impossible to continue.  Please
join us outside the House chambers TODAY, Tuesday March 20 at 5 p.m. to stand
in opposition to this amendment


Questions about voting in Minnesota?

November 6, 2012

There’s one website to visit if you have questions about voting. It’s www.mnvotes.org. You’ll learn:

MPR: What we don't know about the voter ID amendment (video)

November 5, 2012

Watch this video created by Minnesota Public Radio to learn more about the "photo ID" amendment.



Questions about voting?

October 25, 2012

There’s one website to visit if you have questions about voting. It’s www.mnvotes.org. You’ll learn:

Voting on Voting. "Voter ID" Amendment Fact Sheet

October 18, 2012

Follow the link to learn more about the proposed elections amendment. It's not just about voter ID.

Let's keep it a clean Constitution, Jack Davies, former state senator, drafter of the form and structure rewrite of the Minnesota Constitution ratified in 1974

October 3, 2012

Jack Davies is a former state senator. He was the drafter of the form and structure rewrite of the Minnesota Constitution ratified in 1974.

Follow the link to learn what he thinks about changing the Constitution



Local election officials weigh in on cost.

October 1, 2012

Below are links to news reports across the state regarding local costs.

Voter beware: Claims used to tout ID are fishy, Joan Growe, Minnesota's Secretary of State,1975 to 1999

September 27, 2012

Joan Growe was Minnesota's secretary of state from 1975 to 1999.


Follow the link to read her concerns.



Cost of the proposed elections amendment

September 4, 2012

Report highlights potential costs of the proposed Elections Amendment.
State, local governments and individuals all need to prepare their pocket-books.

Dear CEIMN—how do I become an election judge?

July 3, 2012

Dear CEIMN—how do I become an election judge?

If efficient, fair and accurate elections are important to you, you have a future as an election judge!   

Your first step to becoming an election judge is to decide where you would like to serve. Most election judges serve in their own community, and this is a great way to spend time with you neighbors. However, you can apply to be a judge anywhere in Minnesota. 

Voter photo ID exemptions in other states

June 4, 2012

Voter photoID exemptions

updated June 4, 2012

The Minnesota elections ballot question proposes that,

All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.

The question submitted to voters is,

The St. Paul Area Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted a resolution opposing the “voter identification” amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution

May 20, 2012

The St. Paul Area Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted a resolution opposing the “voter identification” amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution. Follow the link to read the resolution.



December 1, 2011

GUEST OPINION: 'No' to VoterID by Kathy Bonnifield and Carolyn Jackson


CEIMN Releases 2010 Recount Report

September 7, 2011

Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota released the report:  "Minnesota’s 2010 Gubernatorial
Recount Report and Recommendations." 

Governor's veto of Photo ID Bill. Citizens for Election Integrity & League of Women Voters MN statement

May 31, 2011

Sebeka-Menahga Review Messenger

League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWV) and Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) commend Governor Dayton for vetoing the elections/photo ID bill, which would have represented the greatest threat to citizens’ right to vote since poll taxes and literacy tests.  

Dayton vetoes voter ID

May 26, 2011

While rejecting the photo ID bill, he ordered up a panel to look for ways to improve elections

Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune

Saying that election reform measures should reflect a broad bipartisan consensus, Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday slapped down a GOP bill that would have required voters to present a photo ID at the polls.

Voter ID is wrong; count the ways

May 14, 2011

Star Tribune Editorial by Chuck Samuelson

Voter ID bill will only make it harder to be heard

March 10, 2011

Letter to the Editor by Ruth Charles, Winona Daily News


Reject photo ID proposals

February 18, 2011

Editorial in The Journal,  International Falls, Minnesota

Your turn: Voter ID bill would deny many a vote

February 11, 2011

  By Niel Ritchie • League of Rural Voters.  This editorial appeared in SCTimes.com

CEIMN Releases Report About 2008 Recount and MN's Election System

February 24, 2010

From the introduction: This document is the response of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) and Common Cause Minnesota (CCMN), to the Center of the American Experiment (CAE) report: No Longer a National Model. Fifteen Recommendations for Fixing Minnesota Election Law and Practice. The report, written by Mr. Kent Kaiser, contains a large number of inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims. As nonpartisan election integrity organizations, we feel a responsibility to Minnesota voters and election officials to provide a written response, based on data available to the public.

Editorial: Court review is key in Senate recount. Canvassing Board lacked authority to settle key disputes.

January 5, 2009


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