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Voting & Elections 09.16.2021

Coalition of Voting Rights Groups File Amicus Brief to Restore the Freedom to Vote

Today, Common Cause Minnesota, the League of Women Voters of Minnesota and the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, filed an amicus brief with the State Supreme Court to restore the voting rights of tens of thousands of Minnesotans in Schroeder v. Minnesota Secretary of State.

VIDEO LINKS AND QUOTES from Yesterday’s Statewide Prison Gerrymandering Webinar

Yesterday, a panel of national and local redistricting experts discussed the history and harmful consequences of prison-based gerrymandering in Minnesota. The experts described how prison gerrymandering occurs and how the practice diminishes the electoral and political power of Minnesotans of color, and other disenfranchised Minnesotans.

CMD and Common Cause Minnesota File Complaint Against ALEC and ALEC Legislators for Illegal Campaign Scheme

Complaint to Minnesota Campaign Finance Board alleges that ALEC illegally gave sophisticated voter management campaign software linked to the RNC worth $3,000 to its state chairs, Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer and Rep. Pat Garofalo, and other ALEC members. Similar complaints are being filed with the IRS and in 14 other states.

Media Briefing: Coalition of Voting Rights and Community Organizations File Lawsuit to Include Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous and Communities of Color in State’s Redistricting Process

Today, Common Cause Minnesota, OneMN.org, Voices for Racial Justice, and a voter co-plaintiff briefed the media on the preemptive lawsuit they jointly filed to ensure Minnesotans of color are represented in the state’s redistricting process. The coalition’s filing focuses solely on the interests of Black, Indigenous, Minnesotans of color, and other disenfranchised communities.

Common Cause Minnesota Joins Amicus Brief to Restore Voting Rights

Yesterday, Common Cause Minnesota joined Minnesota Second Chance Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Minnesota in requesting to file an amicus brief to support the full restoration of voting rights in the Schroeder v. Minnesota Secretary of State case before the State Supreme Court. The brief asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to declare the practice of disenfranchising members of the community with prior felony convictions—more than 55,000 Minnesotans—unconstitutional.

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