“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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Register for Redistricting Webinar

Topic: Will your vote count in 2022?

Minnesota is drawing new maps for Congressional and Legislative districts this year based on the 2020 Census. But those maps sometimes stack the deck in favor of powerful interests and against the average citizen.

Learn how Minnesota will redraw its electoral map this fall and what Minnesotans can do to ensure every vote counts in the coming decade. Join a conversation with redistricting expert Peter Wattson, former top lawyer for the Minnesota Senate, and Lori Sturdevant, retired Star-Tribune editorial writer.

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Sponsored by Clean Elections Minnesota and Minnesota League of Women Voters.

Clean Elections Minnesota is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the democratic power of every citizen. League of Women Voters encourages informed and active participation in government.

Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

House Redistricting Meetings Coming Up

The 2020 Census is winding down and change may be coming to a political district near you–your own, for instance. Earlier in the year the Census released state-level data that determine each state’s share of the 435 US Congressional districts. By the skin of our teeth, Minnesota kept its 8 districts. That doesn’t mean the boundaries of those districts will necessarily remain the same. The shape of the districts will be determined by process that’s now underway in the state house of representatives. But that’s not all that might change. You might have to memorize new state and house district numbers–it happened to some after the 2010 census. New faces might appear in your caucuses and conventions. And your state representative and senator might change. In a democracy, citizens don’t merely experience change; they drive it. Clean Elections MN wants you to have a say in how the political map is redrawn.

On August 12 the Census released the population figures down to the district level to all states and the public. The Minnesota House Redistricting Committee immediately scheduled a series of meetings to analyze the data in preparation for drawing new boundaries for the 8 US Congressional districts, the 67 state senate districts, and the 134 state house districts. The first meeting was on Wednesday, August 18; if you missed it, you can watch it on YouTube. There was no public testimony at this meetings; for the second meeting on Wednesday, August 25, however, the public was invited in. There were two sessions; the first began at 1 pm, the second started at 7 in the evening. Clean Elections Chair George Beck testified at the afternoon session. Both sessions were live-streamed.

Here’s a link to the committee’s web page with the full schedule. While on the website, you can subscribe to get updates on the process. The meetings, you will notice, are organized by district; please consider Zooming into the one in your district. If you submit testimony or contact your representative, Clean Elections MN hopes you will support Common Cause MN’s bill, HF2594, authored by Reps Klevorn and Bahner. The bill defines a robust redistricting process designed to encourage participation by citizens from all communities.

At the committee’s 8/25 meeting, former Clean Elections Chair George Beck testified on behalf of the bill, emphasizing the importance of fair redistricting to avoid extreme gerrymandering of districts like Wisconsin’s. Read his testimony here.

Common Cause Minnesota will be following the redistricting process and conducting workshops on how to interpret maps and even to help draw them. Click here to view the 8/19 CCMN webinar on testifying: And click here to register now for an August 31 CCMN webinar to help understand how to evaluate maps as they become available from official sources and citizen groups.

A partnership of non-profits mobilized during the census to promote a full count; it is now conducting the “Our Maps MN” campaign committed to ensure that the interests of all communities are included in the redistricting process. Find out more here. Watch community maps as they are submitted and learn how to draw your own here.

George Beck writes for LWVMN May newsletter

An essay about Clean Elections MN by George Beck appears in the May 2021 issue of the Minnesota League of Women Voters’ “All Member News.” Scroll down to find CEM Chair Beck’s essay in the “Partner Spotlight.” On the way there, you can stop to learn about Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May), Sweet Potato Comfort Pie, what’s up in the legislature, and other news and events. We’re proud to be in such excellent company. Want to know more about Minnesota’s League–or donate? Click here.

Nancy MacLean Zooms Again

Last Fall we hosted a fascinating conversation with Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains, a finalist for the National Book Award, about the decades-long campaign the well-financed radical right has conducted to subvert our democracy. On May 19th of this year MacLean was interviewed by Don Shelby and Sam Grant, Executive Director of MN350. Rep Emma Greenman also participated. Professor MacLean traces the roots of this radical attack on our shared values to  the racist reaction against Brown v. Board of Education–and even before to John C. Calhoun, “Marxist of the Master Class.” Published in 2017, the book now looks prescient; to its readers, the attack on our 2020 election and the assault on the capitol in D.C. was shocking, but should not have been completely surprising. In her interview with Don Shelby, as before, MacLean combined her dire warning about the perils of our fragile democracy with an engagingly upbeat demeanor. Like previous Happy Warrior politicians, she calls for collective action of the sort that ended slavery in the 19th century and led to the New Deal in the 20th.  Participatory democracy is the antidote to personal despondency as well as economic depression.
Sponsor: Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.
So-sponsored by Citizens for Global Solutions Minnesota, Indivisible MN03, Plymouth Area Indivisible, Minnesota Peace Project, MN Move to Amend, Spotlight Team, Women Against Military Madness, and, of course Clean Elections Minnesota.