I am receiving a large number of questions from people regarding H.F. 1603, a bill which would make significant changes to elections, voting rights, campaign finance, and redistricting.
As something of an FAQ email, I would like to pass along some points on the bill as it makes its way through the committee process:
First, the bill does indeed move Minnesota in to a group of states that would give all their delegates to the candidate that gets the most votes nationwide. That would be bad for Minnesota when you consider other states have several times again more residents. It also will damage the current system and allow all Minnesota delegates to be allotted by a few major cities – mostly on the east and west coasts.
What else does the bill do?
This is a rather long list of problems with the bill and I oppose it. There is no Senate companion bill.
Another bill I plan to vote against is set to come to the House floor today. It would issue non-compliant (non-Real ID) driver’s licenses and state ID cards to undocumented immigrants. The list of concerns with this bill is a mile long and serious public safety issues could be caused in our state by opening this door. Not to mention this would create a whole new category of state driver’s licenses/ID cards to be administered by our MNLARS system that already is dysfunctional and unable to adequately perform its current duties. It’s not hard to imagine the problems that could result from adding this complicated layer to the system.
Until next time, have a good weekend.