Voter ID won't disenfranchise me

  • Article by: ELIZABETH MANSFIELD
  • Updated: September 24, 2012 - 6:57 PM

One hears how it will disenfranchise the disabled. I'm here to say it won't.

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logician88Sep. 23, 12 6:09 PM

Yes, and assuming EVERY other disabled person has exactly the same access to help that you do, it wouldn't be a problem. But that is not the case. The Voter ID fraud will disenfranchise thousands of Minnesota Voters and keep ZERO cases of fraud from happening. It is reprehensible.

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fxwg1981Sep. 23, 12 6:31 PM

I have been saying that for a while now, if the ones who oppose this would put half that energy into helping make sure all have ID then it would be a win /win for all

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pitythefoolsSep. 23, 12 6:33 PM

"Will the photo ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution suppress votes? Yes. It will suppress the votes of ineligible voters"

Leading with a false statement belays the rest of your article. There is no ID in existence that proves who you say you are, live where you say you live, are a US citizen, and -- the most common cause of incredibly rare instances of invalid votes -- proves you are not a convicted felon who has had their voting rights removed. Voter ID will not suppress the votes of ineligible voters, and you're being asked to vote for a blank sheet of paper.

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jpcooperSep. 23, 12 6:33 PM

Liberals have no problems organizing their "Get out the Vote Campaigns" year in and year out. Next year they can organize "Get your ID Campaigns".

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ranger78Sep. 23, 12 6:44 PM

Most, if not all states that have implemented voter ID, have seen an increase in voter participation. Imagine that.

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pumiceSep. 23, 12 6:54 PM

From the article: "Will the photo ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution suppress votes? Yes. It will suppress the votes of ineligible voters." The premise is false. Photo ID is an expensive, vote-suppressing notion in search of a problem. (According to a Carnegie-Knight investigation, the rate of voter impersonation fraud is 1 incident per 15 million prospective voters. That's across the entire United States since 2000.) In addition, photo ID laws and amendments are only part of a vote-suppression movement which also includes purging voter rolls, limiting early voter times, limiting the number of early voter days, and providing inadequate numbers of voting stations on a precinct-by-precinct basis.

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pumiceSep. 23, 12 6:57 PM

Re: "Most, if not all states that have implemented voter ID, have seen an increase in voter participation." Increased voter participation doesn't count for anything unless the votes are counted, ranger78. "In Indiana, a state with a photo ID requirement, 80 percent of the ID-related provisional ballots were not counted in the 2008 general election." (Accompanying STrib article)

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bigman1000Sep. 23, 12 7:00 PM

"It is reprehensible"....NOT. Just get an ID like this person who wrote this did and its all good.

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pitythefoolsSep. 23, 12 7:05 PM

ranger78: "Most, if not all states that have implemented voter ID, have seen an increase in voter participation. Imagine that."

Incorrect. While studies vary, voter participation tends to decrease by about 2% with stricter voter ID laws. PA, -2.4%. KS, -2.4%. ID, -1.6%. TN, -1.6%. OK, -.8%.....

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jarlmnSep. 23, 12 7:21 PM

I am frankly aghast at how liberals, ostensibly championing the poor, the disabled, minorities and students, portray them as supposedly so gosh-darned helpless. Masked as caring for the supposed "disenfranchised," it is actually condescending and demeaning.

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