The governor’s office often switches hands, too, with Ventura, an independent, handing the baton off to Republican Tim Pawlenty who handed it off to Democrat Mark Dayton.
Bierschbach and Kaul write for MinnPost.com, a Twin Cities-based online newspaper.
“In some states, if you don’t register by mid-October, that’s it,” Simon said. “You’re out. … In Minnesota you can roll out of bed that day, go right to the polling place and register.”
“We have a high level of engagement in almost every way,” said David Sturrock, a political science professor at Southwest Minnesota State University and former treasurer for the state Republican Party. “Precinct caucuses is a good example of it, but we also have a lot of people who have a church or a union membership, and we rank highly in involvement in organizations.”
When it comes to other measures of civic engagement, Minnesota does pretty well, too. The Minnesota Compass project found that Minnesotans helped or were helped by their neighbors and volunteered at higher rates than most of the U.S.