Seems like ancient history now, but it wasn't so long ago -- three months, actually -- when Minnesotans voted on a Republican-sponsored constitutional amendment that would have required photo IDs for voting and other radical changes in our voting laws because our election system was so riddled with corruption.
Voters rejected that.
In light of the assertions made about the system just a few months ago, you might be interested in this report from the Pew Center. Here's the budget item from Blois Olson's Morning Take newsletter. Yes, take it with a grain of salt when DFLer Mark Ritchie puts out the news release, but most people would say the Pew study is down the middle:
ELECTIONS: via news release, from Secy. of State Mark Ritchie, “Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced that Minnesota’s election system performs among the top states according the Elections Performance Index report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts today. The index uses election data from all states emphasizing 17 key indicators to assess individual states’ election systems. Under the criteria, Minnesota placed in the top five states for the 2008 and 2010 elections…The Election Performance Index highlights the strengths of Minnesota’s election system including our use of Election Day registration,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “However, it also identifies what we can do to improve it such as allowing online registration of voters. I recommend election officials, policy makers, and residents closely read this report.” READ: http://bit.ly/11KoLTt