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  •  There might be a clue in photo ID (4+ / 0-)

    Polls of Minnesota's photo ID amendment showed all age groups supported it except seniors. The amendment definitely had a partisan identification, since Republicans overwhelmingly supported it and Democrats opposed. Somehow it failed with only seniors opposing it. I doubt they voted a straight Democratic ticket, but they surely knew which party was on which side. So maybe if we have the right issues, where we show white seniors we share some salient values (like protecting their right to vote, as seniors clearly figured out they would be hurt by photo ID more than anyone else --- OK, we made a determined effort to make sure they knew) we can win. Albeit it makes an uphill fight every election, but we're not looking for easy, just achievable.

    And we don't have to win majorities of GOP-leaning groups, just bigger minorities.

    •  The other clue there is that older voters aren't (2+ / 0-)
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      rosarugosa, Illinois IRV

      stupid.  Both amendments also went down because they lost in older western Hennepin County suburbs where you have older highly educated professional voters who don't share Tea Party values.  

      I think it's more important to think what values do we share with these voters and not assume they all share GOP values which then leads to trying to cater to values they may not even have.

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