Minnesota

Snapshot: Minnesota has a middling score for ease of voting and a good score for voting access.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
4 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
5 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
3 out of 4 benchmarks

Though its elected officials had a good score for their response to claims about the 2020 election, it is one of several states in which a candidate for the top elections office has made baseless claims about the 2020 election.

In a fundraising email sent on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Republican Secretary of State nominee Kim Crockett wrote that “just like the election itself” she felt there was a lot going on that day that was “unreported, misreported” and “rigged.”

During the state GOP convention, Crockett’s campaign showed a video depicting the Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon as being controlled with puppet strings by Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros, a frequent target of conspiracy theories, with the caption “Let’s wreck elections forever and ever.”

Minnesota has made only minor changes to its election laws since 2020.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Minnesota compares to other states
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A successful 2021 bill loosened state law on voter registrations, no longer requiring a driver’s license, state ID or Social Security number for voters who have not been issued one.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
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The 2021 law also requires local elections administrators who provide mail ballot drop boxes to make them available around the clock, set up video cameras to record them, fasten or bolt them to a building or concrete and collect ballots at least once a day.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
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Two of Minnesota’s four Republican US representatives objected to certification of Biden electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania. Three signed an amicus brief in support of the Texas lawsuit.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
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