Minnesota's Story


Like Wisconsin, Minnesota has a longstanding tradition of strong civic engagement. Alongside Wisconsin and Maine, Minnesota was one of the first states to pass same day registration in 1974. Today, Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout for both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Minnesota elections already use early votingonline voter registrationno excuse absentee ballots, and portable registration, and activists and advocates in the state are working toward reforms like automatic voter registration and pre-registration.

In 2012, the people of Minnesota rejected a restrictive voter-ID ballot measure - the first time a voter-ID law had been defeated at the ballot box - because so many Minnesotans mobilized to protect the equal access that had shaped their state for decades. As Secretary of State Steve Simon said, "The debate has been more or less settled [in Minnesota]. I'd hope that some people have learned their lesson about rash attacks on the right to vote."