Presenter: Lori Sturtevant
Minnesota has long been a leader among the 50 United States in voter participation and turnout. An effective government and enviable quality of life have been the result. How that advantage came about is described in the 2020 book “Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes,” by Joan Anderson Growe with Lori Sturdevant. Sturdevant will be with us to talk about that book and its lessons for today, as ready access to the ballot is being challenged in many parts of this country.
Lori Sturdevant is a retired editorial writer and columnist for the Minneapolis Star
Tribune who has spent more than forty years covering Minnesota government and politics. A three-time Minnesota Book Award winner, she is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books about notable Minnesotans. Most recently, she co-authored “Turnout: Making Minnesota the State that Votes” (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2020). A native of Dell Rapids, S.D., she is a life trustee of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sturdevant lives in St. Paul with her husband, Martin Vos. They have three grown children.