Last night I attended DFL Voter Protection Training. The Minnesota Democrats have a cadre of people being trained to be Election watchers to protect people’s right to vote.(More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

I have done this before and it is an opportunity to watch democracy in action and make sure citizens right to vote is protected. I have an impressive three ring binder full of Election law, the election judges instructions and people to text if there are issues. I also have official papers certifying me to be in a precinct.

I contrast this to Trump telling people to go watch the inner city polling places. He is all about intimidation and voter suppression. I may be missing the GOP ‘training’ for this. Maybe it exists. I don’t remember Trump telling his supporters to go get trained before they appeared.

Minnesota has same day voter registration. Our goal is to make it easy for people to vote. A few years ago we defeated a photo ID requirement pushed by the Republicans. Former VP Walter Mondale (D) and former Governor, Annie Carlson (R) worked together to speak out against limiting voting rights.

The biggest change since 2012 is the concealed carry law. Some polling places like elementary and secondary schools do not allow guns. I am hoping my assigned precinct is in a no guns place. Mostly Minnesotans manage to vote without incident. I am hoping that the crazy chants stay confined to the Trump rallies and that voting stays civilized. For me, someone carrying or wearing a gun to vote seems totally unnecessary. It may be legal but is it necessary?

I am excited for next Tuesday. In the meantime let’s all GOTV like our country’s future depends on it.

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