PROGRESSIVE VOTER REGISTRATION.

It turns out Minnesota has the highest youth vote turnout in the nation thanks to its progressive voting laws. Via MTV, a recent examination of voter trends by Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement and the United States Election Project, young people in Minnesota had a turnout of 69 percent in 2004. This number is not only higher than national voter turnout of all ages that year (60 percent) but almost 1.5 times more than the national youth vote turnout (47 percent).

Same-day voter registration in Minnesota only requires a state-issued ID. If you don't have one, bring an ID and a recent utility bill. Neighbors can also vouch for once another, and when I was a student, I could use my student ID as proof of residency. Opponents of same-day registration say that this opens elections up to voter fraud, but it always seems that the problem is not that we have too many people voting -- it's that we have too few.

-- Kay Steiger

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