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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.

About that legislation…

Volunteer to Provide Free Rides to the Polls on Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4, 2008.

The Minnesota Participation Project (MPP) is a “nonpartisan nonprofit voter mobilization program” sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

MPP will be offering free rides to the polls on Election Day, November 4! We will have six accessible vans and several other vehicles throughout the metro area, ready to give free rides. We’re looking for folks to volunteer to drive the accessible vans and receive the necessary training to do so, as well as folks willing to drive their own vehicles.

If you would like to request a ride, volunteer, or for more information, call 1-877-NOV-2008 (1-877-668-2008) or send an email to Please share the rides phone number and begin scheduling rides now!

MPP has a ton of info and some pretty neat tools for helping get folks registered to vote and get folks to the polls to do so. Like Voter Reg-in-a-Box which allows you to register people to vote at your nonprofit or community event (and training to go with it).

Step 1, cut a hole in the box.

Minnesota Voter Registration Refresher

We, the residents of the Great State of Minnesota, are lucky to have same-day voter registration. This is one of only six states in which you can walk into your polling place on election day and sign up right then and there with proof of residence in hand. I did it last election cycle with my cell phone bill. So in case you forgot to re-register the last time you moved, it’s nice and easy for you. (Not coincidentally, we also have the highest voter turnout in the nation.)

So while that’s convenient, there will be a lot of people probably doing the same on November 4. You can save yourself a little time at the polls, which will surely be busy, by registering ahead of time.

All of this information is provided by the Minnesota Secretary of State, whom you can call at 651-215-1440 or 1-877-600-VOTE (8683).

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