City Pages Voting Promotion Might Be Illegal, Official Warns

september 1, 2004  12:53 pm
Minnesota's Secretary of State, Mary Kiffmeyer, sent a letter to City Pages on Monday, warning the paper that its "I Will Vote" promotion might violate federal law prohibiting the payment or acceptance of payment for voting or registering to vote, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. At a City Pages booth at summer events, young voters were encouraged to register to vote and promise to turn out on election day as well as to sign up for a chance to win a free overseas trip. Kiffmeyer says her letter was prompted by David Strom, president of the Taxpayers League in Minnesota and City Pages' "Villain of the Year" for 2004, who issued a news release last week urging her to intervene.