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VOTING RIGHTS

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Democrats have embraced early voting, to their benefit. Republicans, following Trump's lead, have not, and it's hurting them.
Voter turnout was down 4% in Minnesota and 6% nationwide in the Nov. 8 election when compared to the 2018 midterm.
"What I've come to realize, as a grownup, is that while exercising one's franchise in an informed manner is important, as important is respecting the results of the election. Even if it doesn't go your way."
"It's not fair when you have limited income and you have to choose between gas money and food for the week. Having a polling site that is local, that people can walk to, like there have been in the past, does certainly make a difference," said Nicole Donaghy, executive director of North Dakota Native Vote.
The United States has one of the world's most fractured election administration systems, with different election authorities on various levels of government.
Though Minnesota law already requires employers provide employees a paid opportunity to vote, U.S. lawmakers are hoping to implement the same concept nationwide.

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Whitney Oxendahl adds democracy and elections to her list of passions, which also includes food security, volunteer manuals and policy writing.
Democrats have accused Republicans at the state level of enacting policies to make it harder for racial minorities who tend to support Democratic candidates to cast ballots.
In 2020, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe initiated a lawsuit against several agencies in South Dakota for violations of the National Voter Registration Act, stemming from a lack of training and oversight. A settlement agreement handed down on Sept. 6 promises to change that reality.

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