Cities speak on ballot issues

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 28, 2012 - 9:18 PM

They say marriage and voter ID amendments are matters of economics and democracy.

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jamue11eSep. 28, 12 8:44 PM

Mr. Novak states "Voter ID is either a state or national issue; marriage is a state or national issue. That's not their job. Their job is to take care of streets, sewers, safety, fire and the like." --- Um, Mr. Novak, do you realize the city is who manages the elections? Purchases the equipment, hires and pays for the election judges, redraws the precinct and ward lines when the districts are redrawn? Sure, the state and the county have their hands in it, but the city is who ends up paying for most of it. So, essentially, it is the cities job to manage this. Along with the sewers, the streets, the roads, etc.

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drichmnSep. 28, 1211:37 PM

" Mr. Novak, do you realize the city is who manages the elections? " .... I'd say the answer to that is 'no'.

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sarahanneSep. 29, 12 1:17 AM

If these cities came out and supported the marriage amendment would the critics still have been upset with the cities having an opinion?

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localguySep. 29, 12 7:13 AM

This may not be their "bailiwick", but they have more day-to-day contact with their constituent than many in the legislature, who only talk to the people that they represent when an election is imminent. And, if churches can take public stands on these amendments, why not city councils? Most priests and ministers were never elected to represent their flocks.

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tpawforpresOct. 1, 12 5:54 AM

When upwards of 70% of Americans support voter id, I'd say these cities don't represent their constituents very well. But then again, when do they?

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stevenelOct. 1, 1212:58 PM

If they labeled it for what it is I'd guess most US citizens would be disgusted by voter ID. "Do you support paying extra taxes in order to allow conservatives to steal elections by discouraging people on the margins of society from exercising their right to vote?" Unfortunately most people don't look beyond the state legislators' spin job. That's why we need city governments to pay attention.

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firefight41Oct. 1, 12 2:55 PM

Look at voter ID as you would Obamacare, The bill has to pass before we know what is in it. And although it is not perfect, it can be fixed once it is passed.

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t3048tOct. 5, 12 2:49 PM

It's not only how do you feel about voter ID. It's how do you feel about paying for other peoples IDs? How do you feel about provisional voting where many eligible voters vote but it doesn't count? How do you feel about changing election day registration and absentee voting? How do you feel about paying for all of this with your cities property tax?

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