Minnesota: where all the elections are below average

The Heritage Foundation issued its Election Integrity Scorecard last month. Minnesota ranks a below average 34th among the 50 states.

The Washington, D.C.-based think tank scored the states on a wide range of criteria. The right-leaning group then ranked all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Minnesota scored poorly on a number of criteria. The state’s practice of allowing election-day registration and refusal to verify citizenship were two of the five categories where Minnesota scored zero points. Taking private donations to fund government election efforts were a third “zero” category.

Minnesota clings to an outdated belief that its government is well-run and completely above-board. The low score received in the Heritage report validates the Center’s own work on election integrity.

The Heritage report includes updates reflecting 2021 changes that many states made to their election laws and processes. Minnesota will need to do better in 2022 to up its score.