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Reader's View: I'll skip voting to keep data private

I wonder how many people in our area realize that the Minnesota Legislature has passed legislation that will create an official state register of who requested which party's ballot in the 2020 Minnesota presidential primary election?...

I wonder how many people in our area realize that the Minnesota Legislature has passed legislation that will create an official state register of who requested which party's ballot in the 2020 Minnesota presidential primary election?

Well, lawmakers did just that. Personally, I don't like it.

Minnesota has a long history of open primary elections that allow citizens to freely vote for the primary candidates of their choice in private, without fear of any public disclosure, intimidation, or reprisal. I believe this tradition should be maintained. I do not understand why it was changed.

Public voter rolls - including specific, personally identified political information - could be used by the various political parties to target private citizens with annoying robocalls and requests for political contributions. The information also could be used to gerrymander political districts in a way that would give unfair advantage to the majority political party.

I realize that political parties already have ways of gathering this information. However, I do not want the state government to make its acquisition even easier.

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As I watch coverage of elections in other states, I see this sort of information routinely used as one part of a large arsenal of weapons used by both parties to manipulate elections while minimizing debate about the real issues that should be discussed.

I'm sorry to say this. I am a regular voter. But if I must register my political affiliations in order to vote in a primary, I will not vote in the primary.

Jody Keppers

Duluth

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