Ensuring Free and Fair Elections During COVID-19

In the midst of the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, where any large gatherings are prohibited and social distancing is necessary, Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), ranking DFL lead on the Senate State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee, is calling for action to provide alternatives to in-person voting that guarantee each Minnesotan’s fundamental right to a free and fair election.

Overseas Balloting a Target of Election Reform

Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) continued his focus on reforming Minnesota election law on Thursday, as he brought forward a bill to make voting more reliable for members of the military and citizens living overseas. Under current law, citizens can request for their ballot to be sent to them by email or fax, but cannot send them back in the same way.

Pre-Registration Bill Clears Committee Hurdle with Aid from Youth

Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan) has renewed his efforts to improve Minnesotans’ participation in elections with a bill designed to clarify preregistration rules. While Minnesota currently allows some preregistration, the system is overly complex and leaves many wondering if they could be in violation of state election law.