A PROPOSED BILL TO REVISE MINNESOTA POLITICAL PARTY DEFINITIONS AND PETITIONING CRITERIA FOR BALLOT ACCESS INCLUSIVENESS
This proposal contains a comprehensive set of reforms to improve and modernize Minnesota’s outdated statutory definitions of political parties. It encompasses revisions and modifications to arbitrary petitioning requirements, percentages, and timelines that as currently exist create and sustain exclusivity to ballot access for the main two parties.
Goals are to bring Minnesota’s prohibitive standards in-line with neighboring states, to eliminate unconstitutional and inequitable restrictions, and to harmonize the various statutes while keeping robust system integrity and encouraging democratic participation. A formal request is hereby made for committee hearings to discuss these matters.
Hello Liberty Friends!
We continue to make great progress with the Ballot Access Inclusion Bill (BAIB) Senate bill SF 752 and companion House bill HF 708. We are coming up on a tight deadline that needs YOUR immediate help! The bill that was authored and sponsored by Senator Scott Jensen (R-47) and Representative Steve Elkins (D-49B) needs committee hearings by March 15. In the Senate the State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee, and in the House the Subcommittee on Elections.
The following members of each committee need to be contacted by all of us to ask them to have a committee hearing. They especially need to hear from constituents.
Senate’s State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee
*Sen Mary Kiffmeyer (R-30) – Chair
*Sen Mark Koran (R-32) – Vice Chair
*Sen Jim Carlson (D-51) – Ranking Minority Member
Sen Jeff Howe (R-13) – Member
Sen Scott Newman (R-18) – Member
Sen John Jasinski (R-21) – Member
Sen Carolyn Laine (D-41) – Member
Sen Susan Kent (D-53) – Member
Sen Anne Rest (D-45) – Member
Sen Torrey Westrom (R-12) – Member
House Subcommittee on Elections
*Rep Raymond Dehn (D-59B) – Chair
*Rep Kristin Bahner (D-34B) – Vice Chair
*Rep Jim Nash (R-47A) – Republican Lead
Rep Connie Bernardy (D-41A) – Member
Rep Laurie Halverson (D-51B) – Member
Rep Alice Mann (D-56B) – Member
Rep Anne Neu (R-32B) – Member
Rep Tim O’Driscoll (R-13B) – Member
If you want to know if these Senators and Representatives are from your district, use this link to see:
If any of them are from your district, please contact them by March 6 to ensure they are aware of BAIB (SF 752 and HF 708) and why it is important. Ask them to support it being introduced for a hearing in their committees. Why would anyone avoid this discussion? Time is running out to have them come up this legislative session!!
Thank you for your assistance with this very important task – if these Senators and Representatives don’t hear from you they will have no reason to believe it is important. Your voices are what matters to these elected officials – make sure they hear you!!
Feel free to present this request to your Senator and/or Representative in any way you choose. If you would like a sample script to use when contacting them, here is an example of an effective message:
“Dear Representative (Senator), please have bill HF708 (SF752) presented in a committee hearing by March 15. It is about ballot access reforms that would make Minnesota fairer, inclusive, and in line with other states. The unusually high barriers in Minnesota not only for party recognition but just to get on ballots are coupled with the shortest petitioning windows in the nation. That is a clear outlier in restrictiveness and we deserve better for all Minnesotans and their voices. We can be a leader in access, equity, and integrity of political engagement. Let’s start with a discussion about it in a committee hearing on this bill. I ask that you support the request for a hearing on bill HF708(SF752). Thank you.”