Today, the Minnesota Senate passed the Omnibus State Government and Elections Budget Bill. Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) released the following statement on the bill:
“This budget has several negative voter suppression provisions that my DFL colleagues and I tried to amend to maintain our fair and secure elections in this state. Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout for many years. Minnesotans turn out because of the high standards we have in maintaining election accuracy, privacy, and integrity. If this bill becomes law, voters will have a hard time participating in our democracy, particularly the elderly, the disability community, people in rural areas, those living in poverty, and historically marginalized communities.
“Our state agencies will also be limited if this bill comes to light – limited in the management of workforce needs and it will suppress collective bargaining rights. We should instead be supporting our agencies by expanding mail-in balloting, extending early voting periods for voters, allowing county election officials to start counting ballots earlier, expanding voter pre-registration, and restoring the vote.”