Democratic legislators in Minnesota have introduced a bill this month that would enact a major overhaul of the state’s election laws covering voting access and campaign finance after the party won back the state Senate majority from Republicans in 2022 and in doing so regained full control over state government for the first time in nearly a decade. Reforming the state’s election process is a top priority for Democratic lawmakers, Gov. Tim Walz and Secretary of State Steve Simon, meaning this or similar legislation is likely to pass.
The new bill, tiled the "Democracy for the People Act," contains a number of provisions:
- Establish automatic voter registration at several state agencies such as those covering driver’s licenses, the state’s low-income health care program, and more.
- Allow 16 and 17 year olds to preregister to vote so that they will automatically be added to the rolls once they turn 18.
- Abolish felony disenfranchisement for people on parole or probation.
- Impose stronger penalties on voter intimidation.
- Allow voters to opt into permanently receiving an absentee ballot in every future election.
- Expand multilingual ballots and election materials.
- Create a public campaign finance system by giving voters two $25 "Democracy Dollar" vouchers that they can donate to a candidate or party.
- Require "dark money" independent campaign groups to disclose the identities of their donors.
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