The final element to Our Vote Our Future’s strategy relied on Minnesotans’ faith in their voting system. The desire for the amendment was always something of a contradiction: Minnesotans were proud of their election system and its long history of accessibility, yet the law, which was supposed to protect that system, would fundamentally alter it. In recent elections, Minnesota turnout has averaged more than 67 percent—it rises to the upper 70s in presidential years—tops in the nation for the past eight elections. “Minnesotans take an incredible pride in the fact that we have the highest voter turnout in the United States,” says Schultz. “There really is this civic consciousness in terms of believing in engagement and voting.” Minnesota is one of eight states with same-day registration. Although not stated directly, the amendment would have ended same-day registration for many voters. “We began to make the case for our voting system, which a lot of people had taken for granted,” says Morillo. “This would be a radical restructuring of our election system in a way that had not been thought through.”

The third prong of the Minnesota case against the Voter ID constitutional amendment. The other two were the cost, and the disenfranchisement of groups who were not under-represented racial/ethnic groups, like seniors and military.

How to Vote Down Voter ID: Minnesotans defeat the GOP’s plan to restrict the franchise.