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American Experiment Releases Voter Integrity Report, Urges Secretary of State Simon to Release Data
Post card experiment reveals weakness in Minnesota voting system
(Golden Valley, MN) Center of the American Experiment released a report today that exposed the weaknesses in Minnesota’s same day registration system that relies on a “vote now, check later” verification process. Election day registration in Minnesota was criticized by the Office of Legislative Auditor in a 2018 program evaluation report and was the subject of a lawsuit ultimately decided by the Minnesota Supreme Court in April 2020.
In an effort to check the validity of voters who registered to vote on Election Day, American Experiment mailed post cards to over 11,000 same day registrants in Minneapolis that resulted in an 8 percent return rate. Postal verification is the process used by counties to verify voter addresses after elections, and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon refuses to release the data from these mailings.
“This report exposes the big flaw in Minnesota’s voting system – that people who register to vote on election day are treated differently from those who register in advance,” said John Hinderaker, President of Center of the American Experiment. “As our post card experiment shows, we have no idea if the people who register on election day actually live where they claim, even though we count their votes.”
The report offered several recommendations to strengthen Minnesota’s voting system and improve the integrity of elections:
American Experiment’s February Thinking Minnesota poll found that one-third of respondents lack confidence in the integrity of Minnesota elections, a surprising number in a state that leads the nation every year in voter turnout.
“Secretary Simon can and should release the results of the county post card verification efforts to restore trust in Minnesota elections,” added Hinderaker.