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File #: RES 20-1545    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 10/28/2020
Title: Encouraging all eligible Saint Paul citizens to vote in the November 3rd 2020 election and all elections; and reaffirming support for the promotion of legislative efforts nationwide that enable, rather than suppress, voter participation in elections.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
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Encouraging all eligible Saint Paul citizens to vote in the November 3rd 2020 election and all elections; and reaffirming support for the promotion of legislative efforts nationwide that enable, rather than suppress, voter participation in elections.

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WHEREAS, the right to vote in free and fair elections is a cornerstone of our democracy; and

WHEREAS, every eligible citizen should be able to vote, every vote should be counted, and all election results should be respected; and

WHEREAS, no voter should be subject to intimidation of any kind, and no ballot should be illegitimately disqualified; and

WHEREAS, recent history has demonstrated that claims of voter fraud have predicated legislative efforts to suppress voter participation in elections; and

WHEREAS, a 2013 North Carolina statute establishing strict voter identification requirements, which the Fourth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals invalidated in July 2016 as unconstitutionally discriminatory, was enacted by legislators claiming a need to protect election integrity; and

WHEREAS, nationwide academic and media studies have found negligible rates of credible claims of voter fraud; and

WHEREAS, a 2014 Loyola Law School study published in the Washington Post found only thirty-three credible claims of impersonation voter fraud between 2000 and 2014, out of more than one billion ballots cast; and

WHEREAS, unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud undermine public confidence in the electoral process and justify pernicious laws that create needless and discriminatory obstacles to voter participation; and

WHEREAS, the will of voters should be respected by all citizens, and especially those to take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Saint Paul encourages all eligible citizens to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming and all subsequent elections and reaffirms its support for the promotion of legislativ...

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