Elections

Voter ID

Republicans may attempt to revive Voter ID in Minnesota. Sen. Kiffmeyer, the chair of the committee with oversight over elections, believes that Voter ID is something that she and her caucus will support in the upcoming biennium.

  • Democrats have opposed such changes in state law. Leading up to the Republicans putting the issue on the ballot and it failing, Democrats had attempted to curtail its prospects in committee.
  • Democrats stand with a majority of Minnesotans who rejected a constitutional amendment in 2012 that would have implemented Voter ID by a 53% to 46% margin.

Restrict early voting

Some Republicans voiced their dislike for early voting in the past and may try to put new limitations on early voting.

  • Authored and supported by Democrats, a total of 678,336 voters – or 22.85% of all voters – took advantage of early voting, which is more than double of any previous election. Democrats will protect early voting to ensure people still have access to the added convenience they enjoy.

National Popular Vote Compact

Efforts to enter into the National Popular Vote Compact may be discussed this legislative session, in part due to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Instead of amending the U.S. Constitution to abolish the electors, the bill would require Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes to be cast for the winner of the national popular vote, instead of reflecting the popular vote within the state. Currently, 10 states and the District of Columbia have entered the compact, which constitutes 165 electoral votes. Once enough states enter the compact to provide 270 electoral votes, the compact will become active.

  • National Popular Vote legislation has been bipartisan in the past, with Republicans and Democrats proposing legislation to join the compact. This dynamic may change this year, given most of the people pushing for change are those disillusioned with the Presidential vote outcome.
  • The DFL is open to discussions about whether the National Popular Vote Compact is in the best interest of Minnesota voters.
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