Literary pick of the week: ‘Turnout,’ a timely read about voting

23August 2020

As our nation grapples with questions surrounding voting, “Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes” by Joan Anderson Growe, couldn’t be more timely.

Written with Lori Sturdevant, it’s part memoir, part political history as lived by one of the nation’s leading advocates for reliable elections and convenient voting.

Growe recounts events that framed her life and changed Minnesota’s voting practices. She was elected to the Legislature in 1972 and two years later Secretary of State, the state’s chief elections administrator. She worked with county officials to secure Election Day registration, used for the first time in 1974, as a Minnesota norm. She also brought new technology into elections administration and promoted motor voter registration.

Growe and Sturdevant will launch the book on Women’s Equality Day in a live virtual presentation hosted by Michelle Witte, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, on the Minnesota Historical Society Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

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