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2018 Legislative Agenda
LWV Minnesota is excited to share its 2018 Legislative Agenda!
LWV Minnesota will be reigniting its volunteer Observer Corps and Lobby Corps this year. It will also be participating in several formal coalitions and informal partnerships to achieve success. The topics of legislative action this session are:
- Bipartisanship and Election Law - emphasize Minnesota's long tradition of only passing changes to election laws that have broad bipartisan agreement, a tradition practiced by Governors Ventura, Pawlenty, and Dayton.
- No Maybe Pile - oppose provisional ballots; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with members of the Voting Rights Network on this issue.
- Fair District Maps - support redistricting methods and principles that ensure fair maps that cannot be gerrymandered; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with Common Cause Minnesota on this issue.
- Money in Politics - support protection and improvement of existing campaign finance laws; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with Common Cause Minnesota and Clean Elections Minnesota on this issue.
- Restore the Vote - support re-enfranchisement of individuals with past felony convictions when they are not incarcerated; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with the Restore the Vote Minnesota coalition and its members on this issue.
- Automatic Voter Registration - support movement toward automatic voter registration; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with the members of the Voting Rights Network on this issue.
- Complete Count - support adequate state and local action and funding to ensure a complete and accurate count of Minnesota's population and demographics in the 2020 census; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership on this issue.
- Government Transparency - support maintaining and improving government transparency through open meetings and data practices laws; LWV Minnesota anticipates collaboration with Common Cause Minnesota on this issue.
- National Popular Vote / Electoral College - support movement toward the National Popular Vote model and oppose manipulation of the Electoral College.
The legislative agenda is not set in stone; additional issues may emerge. LWV Minnesota will remain flexible to address important issues if they arise. LWV Minnesota will also be partnering with other organizations on other positions, such as conservation, health care, and housing as our volunteer capacity allows. You can read more about our positions on other issues in our Program for Action. Questions? Contact Nick Harper, Civic Engagement Manager.
Approved by the League of Women Voters Minnesota Board of Directors on December 23, 2017.