Keith Ellison Hosting Voting Rights Forum on Oct 6th

Congressman Keith Ellison will be having a forum on Voting Rights with a particular focus on Voter Re-Enfranchisement (i.e., ex-felons). Keith will be speaking about legislation as well as to hear from people on the ground what their concerns are as far as voting. Also, there will be 4 or 5 people on the panel to tell their story or discuss research they’ve done or programs that they are working on that pertain to voting re-enfranchisement.

Congressman Keith Ellison Presents a Voting Rights Forum

Learn about current legislation that affects your right to vote and discuss how to take action.

Joining Congressman Ellison will be a panel of dedicated individuals that are working hard to make democracy more accessible.

Monday, October 6th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Powderhorn Park
3400 15th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Voting Rights Legislation Congressman Ellison has introduced:

H.R. 2457: To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require states to permit individuals to register to vote in an election for Federal Office on the date of the election.

H.R. 4026: To prohibit election officials from requiring a photo ID as a condition for voting in a Federal election.


I absolutely stand behind H.R. 2457. Same-day voter registration is one of the key reasons why Minnesota routinely has the best voter turnout in the nation. (In the last election cycle (a non-presidential election year), 60.8% of eligible voters in Minnesota voted. National average was 40.4% Next highest were South Dakota (58.3%) and Montana (56.7%) and they have less than one-sixth and one-fifth of Minnesota’s voter-eligible population, respectively.)

H.R. 4026 I need to hear more about. That alone would be worth a trip to this forum. The current requirements for registering on Election Day in Minnesota are:

To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must have one of the following with your current name and address in the precinct to verify your residence:

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
  • A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
  • A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
  • A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
  • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath

Alternatively, you may provide both 1) a photo ID from the list below, and 2) a current bill with your current name and address in the precinct.

Photo IDs (may be expired)

  • Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Minnesota ID Card
  • United States Passport
  • United States Military ID Card
  • Tribal ID Card
  • Minnesota University, College, or Technical College ID Card

Bills (delivered electronically or by mail)

  • Utility bill due within 30 days of election day:
    1. Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
    2. TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
    3. Internet services
    4. Electric
    5. Gas
    6. Solid Waste
    7. Sewer Services
    8. Water
  • Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities
  • Current student fee statement

So there are only a very few cases in which you can currently register without ID. I’d be curious to see some statistics on which forms of ID are used in same-day registration. Any way I can think of to register in advance also involves photo ID. I know we want to be careful about inadvertently disenfranchising voters, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around not requiring photo ID.

(via The Dish)

1 Comment so far

  1. JRJonathan (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Hi everyone,

    I’m new to this forum, looking forward to participate in the conversation,

    // Jonathan
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