From most compelling races to the oddity of voting in the time COVID, an overview of what might be one of the more notable elections of our lifetimes.
Because of COVID-19, local governments have changed numerous polling locations or — in some smaller, rural precincts — gone to mail balloting.
So far, the numbers have indicated that Minnesotans are on board in making the shift to voting by mail. As of Friday, the Secretary of State reported that 207,835 absentee ballot applications had been received. That compares to 8,964 applications at the same point in 2016.
There are various proposals to modify the system for electing presidents, including some that would not require constitutional amendments, such as the “National Popular Vote” compact.
The main target of the suits is the state law requiring an absentee voter to have another registered voter witness the voting process — and the voter’s ballot signature.
Even if restrictions on gatherings subside in the wake of COVID-19, having voters come into voting precincts to cast ballots this fall — not to mention having poll workers staff election sites — might not be a wise option.
Secretary of State Steve Simon’s solution to address concerns about revealing party preferences is to make the 2020 primary voter lists exempt from Minnesota’s Data Practices Act — for everyone but the parties.
Although a great many changes have made it easier to vote, our overall participation has not gone up. In fact, if anything, it’s drifted down a bit from the 1950s and ’60s.
Passing the Secure Access for Minnesota Voters Act will ensure secure and efficient elections in the 21st century.
Statistics show that returnees who are civically engaged are less likely to reoffend. We all claim to want safer societies but refuse to take even the simplest of steps to make it a reality.
An intriguing psychological phenomenon is the tendency for people to associate rounded objects with names that require a rounding of the mouth to pronounce.
We’re #27! USA! USA!
A study by The Economist found that health was a strong predictor of how a county voted in the presidential election.
Those with the highest “baseline” levels of the stress hormone cortisol — and thus with the lowest tolerance for stress — tended to be the most likely to stay at home on Election Day.
Lawmakers pass 37 new requirements in 20 states to require IDs and restrict early voting; court challenges leave rules in some states unsettled.
Turns out 1972 is the only year since the 26th Amendment was signed in ’71 that the percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds voting was greater than 50 percent.
Since the next presidential nomination contests won’t be decided for another four years, we could benefit from a more thorough examination of the nomination system before deciding on changes.
Donald Trump, a prolific accuser, seems to know that fear and hate are socially contagious and that when they are aroused or infected, fearful haters bind together powerfully.
Though there isn’t exactly a widespread movement backing it, Rep. Keith Ellison has been impressed with high-schoolers’ command of the issues and would like to see the change.
This legislation would restore the vote to approximately 47,000 Minnesotans who live in our communities but cannot vote because of a prior felony conviction.