Common Cause Minnesota Says Voters Expect Candidates to Uphold Freedom to Vote After Crockett Criticizes Pro-Voter Legislation

PAUL, MN — Yesterday, previous statements of Kim Crockett, GOP nominee for Minnesota Secretary of State, were revealed, in which she questioned the 2020 election results and equated voting rights legislation to the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Crockett criticized voting reform legislation, calling it “[the American people’s] 9/11.” Crockett also previously likened the discussion over safe, accessible voting to a “[second] American Revolution.” Although not endorsed by Donald Trump, Crockett has falsely claimed the former president won the 2020 election.

Statement of Annastacia Belladonna-Carrera, Common Cause Minnesota Executive Director 

“In the Gopher State, we expect unanimity from candidates of every party when it comes to protecting our freedom to vote. Minnesotans’ voting rights have always been and must remain a nonpartisan issue. 

Unfortunately, in Minnesota, MAGA Republicans are attacking legislation to strengthen and protect our right to vote, a complete disregard for the will of the people. 

Common Cause Minnesota is a staunchly nonpartisan organization. That’s why we must denounce misinformation spread by those running for local office, all the way up to the former president, about our elections — lies which have repeatedly been disproven. Silence and inaction is not an option. 

We expect political candidates to uphold our freedom to vote, not deny it. It is imperative we call on our past, present, and future leaders to uphold the freedom to vote and support fair, safe, and accessible elections.

We must also denounce violence and rhetoric that leads to violence. The Big Lie led to the January 6 insurrection, and it is critical we never see such a blatant attack on our democratic institutions and freedom again. 

Minnesota consistently has some of the highest voter turnout in the country. Ms. Crockett’s rhetoric undermines confidence in our elections and the work to protect the voting rights Minnesotans across party lines work to defend.”