“We can either have democracy in this country, or we can have extreme wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” – Justice Brandeis

“The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.” – Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

“No one will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“For this nation to remain true to its principles, we cannot allow any American's vote to be denied, diluted, or defiled. The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished.” – Ronald Reagan

Clean Elections Minnesota is a non-profit, non-partisan group of Minnesotans concerned that the power of Big Money, Dark Money, and Corporate Money is overwhelming the public interest in local, state, and national elections. We're dedicated to educating ourselves and others about ways to maintain and enhance the democratic power of ordinary citizens. Follow us on Twitter (@CleanMinnesota) and like us on Facebook.

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Town Halls

FairVote Minnesota and Clean Elections MN launched a virtual Democracy Town Hall Series beginning on February 21 at 4 pm to explore solutions and provide opportunities for voters across Minnesota to hear from state leaders on critical issues including Ranked Choice Voting, campaign finance reform, anti-voter suppression laws, redistricting, restoring voters’ rights, and more.. Each town hall will feature special guests, including Attorney General Keith Ellison (2/21) and Representatives Angie Craig (2/28), Dean Phillips (3/21) and Ilhan Omar (3/28), as well many state legislative and other elected officials. Register for one or more Town Hall here, and share this invitation with friends and family through  www.facebook.com/fairvotemn/events

Democracy Town Hall Series Schedule, each from 4-5pm:

  • February 28 – Southern MN & South Metro w/ Congresswoman Angie Craig
  • March 14 – Greater Minnesota
  • March 21 – North & West Metro w/ Congressman Dean Phillips
  • March 28 – Minneapolis Metro w/ Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

March 2 Panel on Election Law Reforms

March 2 2021, 7 pm CST: Clean Elections Minnesota is sponsoring a Zoom panel discussion with Senator Jim Carlson and Representative Emma Greenman. Senator Carlson is leading the fight in the state Senate against efforts to use photo id requirements to suppress voting by Minnesotans, while Representative Greenman is chief sponsor of a state House bill to increase voting access and require more disclosure of large donors. They will discuss the proposals’ merits and flaws and what citizens can do to be involved. Common Cause Minnesota and RepresentUS Minnesota are co-sponsoring the event.

George Beck, Clean Elections Minnesota chair, says “Our goal is to engage more Minnesotans on reforming campaigns. This panel discussion will be a great opportunity to learn what you can do to help pass good laws and stop bad ones.”

 

To register, click here.

2020-2021 Session of the Legislature

House Legislation HF 9: Election Reform. HF9 is a comprehensive bill incorporating many democratic election reforms supported by Clean Elections MN. Click here for a summary of the bill’s provisions.  Read CEM Chair George Beck’s testimony at the first hearing before the House State Government and Finance and Elections Committee.

Senate Legislation SF 173: Yet another attempt to saddle Minnesota voters with an unnecessary (at best) voter ID requirement and provisional ballots. Read George Beck’s testimony explaining why these are unnecessary burdens on Minnesotans.

April 13: Conversation with author David Litt

April 13, 7:00-8:00 pm CST: David Litt, Obama speechwriter and author most recently of Democracy in One Book or Less–How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, will be interviewed by Pulitzer Prize winning, former Strib journalist, Dave Hage. In his book, Litt provides a comprehensive look at the US political system, from our first election—of John Smith in 1607—into the 45th presidency. Along the way Litt maps an archipelago of obstructions in our journey toward a government of, by, and for the people—including the varied means of restricting the franchise, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, the impact of money on campaigns and legislation, and the imbalance in representation inherent in the structure of the Senate. His solutions rest upon a faith (buttressed by statistics) that the electorate is more unified than the polarized political parties. (We are, alas, stuck with the imbalanced Senate.) According to an early review in the The Washington Post, David Litt has written a “rollicking read about [an] important topic.”