And this way, they say, each group can better focus on its core mission.
Minnesota Majority, with a broad conservative mission that includes family values, government spending and education, will transfer its voting program to the Minnesota Voters Alliance. Minnesota Majority President Dan McGrath will serve on the MVA board of directors.
Both groups have been active in efforts to fight voter fraud and worked to pass the state Voter ID constitutional amendment that was defeated in 2012. Opponents claim their efforts amounted to voter suppression, by requiring stricter regulation of voting procedures.
McGrath said about the mereger:
“Our two organizations have always worked closely on election issues. Together, we’ve formed coalitions, filed lawsuits, and testified at the legislature. The Minnesota Voters Alliance has done great work defending the rights of Minnesota voters in the legal system and at the Capitol. It makes sense to consolidate our programs into one place and avoid duplication of effort.”
And Minnesota Voters Alliance president Andy Cilek said:
“Resources are scarce in the nonprofit world. It isn’t efficient for donors to continue funding two parallel efforts. Minnesota Majority has done tremendous work in the area of election integrity and we’re excited about building on that, moving forward.”