Ahead of third anniversary of the deadly January 6 insurrection, Inclusive Democracy Caucus calls for renewed commitment to democracy in 2024

Time to build on the democracy successes of 2023 says Inclusive Democracy Caucus co-chairs

St. Paul, Minn. – Saturday, January 6 marks the third anniversary of the deadly Capitol insurrection, the most dangerous assault on American Democracy since the Civil War. In response to this assault and the continued attempts to undermine and attack democracy, the co-chairs of the Inclusive Democracy Caucus, Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester), Representative Emma Greenman (DFL-Minneapolis), and Representative Cedrick Frazier (DFL-New Hope) are calling for renewed efforts in 2024 to build on the successes of the 2023 legislative session to defend, strengthen, and protect democracy in Minnesota. 

“The January 6 insurrection was a dark, defining moment for our country, the direct result of far-right MAGA efforts to discredit, undermine, and overturn the will of the American people. In the past three years, the January 6th insurrection has metastasized into an ongoing and active crisis targeting representative, multi-racial democracy. That’s why we made protecting and strengthening our democracy a priority in 2023, including the formation of our Inclusive Democracy Caucus and passing the Democracy for the People Act. 

“The attacks on our democracy did not start, or end on January 6th. As we enter 2024, we see threats of political violence increase, deliberate disinformation rapidly spread, MAGA extremism dominate a major political party, and the ongoing attacks on the trusted administration of free and fair elections. It has never been more critical that we work together with Minnesotans to protect free and fair elections and ensure that every Minnesotan can participate in our democracy, regardless of their race, age, zip code, or background. Together with Minnesotans and our colleagues in the Inclusive Democracy Caucus, we will continue to build on our work in 2023 to improve and strengthen people-powered representative democracy, not undermine or limit it.”

In the 2023 legislative session, the Inclusive Democracy Caucus was formed to defend, protect, and strengthen multi-racial representative democracy, to ensure that the will of the people is reflected in Minnesota’s elections and state government. These efforts culminated in the passage of the Democracy for the People Act, an expansive package of legislation that included the creation of automatic voter registration, allows voters to permanently opt-in to receive an absentee ballot for every election, enables 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote, enhances disclosure requirements for secretive groups spending in elections, and increases penalties for voter intimidation, among other things. The 2023 session also saw the passage of legislation renewing voting rights for approximately 55,000 formerly incarcerated Minnesotans, legislation to protect election workers and our election infrastructure from interference, and other policy provisions that strengthened the power of Minnesotans and our system of trusted local elections administration.

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Assistant LeaderSenate District 25
Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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