Fine print within photo ID proposal could loom large

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2012 - 10:47 AM

A catchy title belies the murky nature of amendment's specifics.

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clownbasketAug. 6, 12 8:40 PM

The left thinks government is the solution for everything,..but now that voter ID is looking more possible, all of a sudden government is overburdened and can't handle the changes.

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endothermAug. 6, 12 8:46 PM

This Republican amendment proposal will be an expensive mess that won't even fix the problem and will certainly take away votes from thousands of legitimate voters.

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mikey7573Aug. 6, 12 8:50 PM

I would love to hear from the State Drivers License Division the answer to the following question. At any time what is the percentage of Minnesota Drivers License holders that have their incorrect address on their drivers license? Then ask officials how many voters this might represent? Then how many of these folks with the wrong address vote? and the questions go on and on. No system is perfect but the one we have is darn clean now and those who want to change it won't listen to all the the reasons it can never be perfect. It still will not be perfect if voter id passes. It will just be confusing to voters and expensive to the state. Forget politics listen to the experts on this one.

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a6699fAug. 6, 12 8:51 PM

"...voters ultimately will have more confidence in the system's integrity." I have that now, thankyouverymuch. The only voter fraud in Minnesota is this ALEC-inspired and Republican-approved amendment.

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wise1Aug. 6, 12 8:54 PM

An excellent argument for the more inclusive language provided by Ritchie. The original legislative title is prejudicial as it refers only to a simplistic requirement of a photo ID, but makes no indication that the body actually requires more, including that the photo ID is a very specific one that excludes many of the common photo IDs many of us have. Most important, though, is changes it will require to implement the law.

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falcon1680Aug. 6, 12 8:59 PM

The free ID's aren't free, that's a lie. The people of this state will be voting on an amendment to require an ID to vote and one won't be needed to vote on the amendment, and the ID's have to be government issued. But Republicans hate and distrust government. What a loopy party.

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dflleftAug. 6, 12 9:13 PM

ISN'T IT FUN to sit back and listen to the usual hard core DFL left liberals holler about having voters identify themselves when they show up to vote? Interesting to note that even Mexico requires voter id cards, but say tell the libs that....doesn't matter to them.

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falcon1680Aug. 6, 12 9:14 PM

clownbasket - The left thinks government is the solution for everything,..--------------- And yet it's Republicans USING government to stack elections and discriminate. Go figure.

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regexpAug. 6, 12 9:18 PM

Voter ID is a solution looking for a problem. Like marriage - why does the GOP insist on more regulations on its citizens?

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wise1Aug. 6, 12 9:24 PM

"Interesting to note that even Mexico requires voter id cards,"-----Are you really suggesting we emulate Mexico? Bad argument.

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