SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans will have an easier time voting, better protections at the polling place, and more transparency in campaign finance thanks to Governor Tim Walz signing into law the Democracy for the People Act Friday. The legislation, chief authored in the Senate by Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester) and in the House by Representative Emma Greenman (DFL-Minneapolis), is a transformational package of reforms that will strengthen Minnesota’s democracy.
“The Democracy for the People Act is in direct response to the extreme efforts to attack and undermine our democracy, and will protect the rights of citizens to exercise their vote in Minnesota,” said Sen. Boldon, Senate Chair of the Inclusive Democracy Caucus. “This bill protects the freedom to vote, strengthens our elections, and shines a light on secret spending in politics. I’m proud to carry this bill, and I’m grateful for Governor Walz signing this into law today.”
The Democracy for the People Act (SF3/HF3) allows automatic voter registration, pre-registration for 16 and 17 year olds, establishes a permanent absentee voting process, increased disclosure requirements for secret spending, and penalties for knowingly spreading election and voting disinformation.
PHOTO ATTACHED: Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester), joined by Representative Emma Greenman (DFL-Minneapolis), speaks ahead of Governor Tim Walz signing the Democracy for the People Act into law Friday.