Saturday, May 23, 2009

Project Vote Denounces Minnesota Governor's Veto of 'Motor Voter' Law

Project Vote Denounces Minnesota Governor's Veto of 'Motor Voter' Law:

On Thursday, May 21, Minnesota's Republican governor Tim Pawlenty vetoed the 21st Century Voter Registration Law (HF1053/SF 0660), which would have expanded the popular 'motor voter' law to provide automatic voter registration for any eligible Minnesotans who apply for or renew their driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards. Today Michael Slater, executive director of the voting rights group Project Vote, issued the following statement in response:

"At a time when many states and the United States Congress are considering ways to modernize America's antiquated voter registration system, Governor Pawlenty's veto is a disappointing step backwards for Minnesota voters. In rejecting this important election reform -- despite overwhelming support for the bill from Minnesota's House, Senate, and secretary of state -- Gov. Pawlenty has indicated that he is not interested in making it easier for eligible Minnesotans to register to vote. ..."

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