Minnesota Votes: Protecting the Ballot for All

Friday, February 16, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CST
800 Washington Avenue N, 703 (7th Floor North) - Minneapolis

Voter Suppression Movement Comes to Minnesota

In 2017 the Minnesota legislature considered legislation that would have introduce provisional balloting in Minnesota. Voting right advocates opposed the effort citing the effect of undermining Minnesota's long-standing, same-day voting process and suppression of voting in communities of color, low income, young elderly and disabled Minnesotans.

In 2012 Minnesota voters rejected a Constitutional Amendment proposing voter photo IDs.

A panel of voting rights experts from communities being targed by voter suppression initiatives.  The group will discuss proposals stirring about in Minnesota to advance voter photo ID requirements through legislation, other legisaltive changes to voting laws likely to result in voter suppression, and the effects of national initiatives such as the work of the Kobach Pence Commission. You'll hear from Dan McGrant of Take Action Minnesota, Annastacia Belladonna-Carrara of Common Cause Minnesota, and Sarah Catherine Walker who has been a lead advocate for restorying voting rights for felons who return to their communities.

MCF expects voting rights and suppression to both a high profile issue in both the 2018 legisaltive session and the 2018 elections. MCF public policy advocacy supports the goal of creating prosperity through inclusion and equity. To advance that goal, we support policies that strengthen democractic institutions and civic engagement, including advocating for policies that promote voting rights. 

This Minnesota Votes: Protecting the Ballot for All program is the second in a two part series. The first is a conservation with Joane Growe and Joe Mansky, Minnesota Votes: Minnesota Votes: Minnesota Values and Opening Access to the Ballot. MCF will also feature Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America as a keynote speaker at its March 2018 conference.

Who should attend?  Grantmakers interested in promoting inclusion and equity, who care about civic engagement and strong democratic systems, and who want to be ready to respond as voter suppression efforts get steam in Minnesota. Community advocates who care about Minnesota's valued tradition of voter engagement are also welcome.

For information, contact Bob Tracy, MCF's director of public policy and communication (612.335.3558).

Video conference participation is available for this event.  Information about connecting through video conference will be included in your registration confirmation email.

This event is supported by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.