Ramsey County Board opposes voter ID amendment

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  • Updated: October 9, 2012 - 10:57 PM

Hennepin County Board also expected to vote later this month.

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andersod62Oct. 9, 12 2:19 PM

"possible disenfranchisement of older and younger voters who don't have picture identification." - - - Really ? Please show me one person who has ever, or is currently recving any kind of assistance from the government for anything, that does not have a picture id. Students certainly have no excuse, colleges are supposed to submit residence records and students have school id's and DL's, if they don't have a DL it falls upon them to get a Minnesota ID card. Not everything in this world is provided for you, some things require a little effort from you, it's called "Personal Responsibility", try it sometime...

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jjhaasOct. 9, 12 7:02 PM

andersod62: My parents didn't have id anymore as they reached their upper 80s and early 90s. They hadn't driven for years so they didn't have drivers licenses. They would have had difficulty finding birth certificate, etc to get an id. They are two people who didn't have (or need) ids anymore and hadn't used one for years. Oh, by the way, they were both Republican.

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LicoriceOct. 9, 1210:11 PM

andersod62 is one of those people who can't believe anyone might have life circumstances different from his/hers. As jjhaas points out, the likeliest scenario is that of aging parents who no longer have drivers licenses. Another scenario is that of people who move to a new home a few days before the election, who can't possibly get a new updated drivers license in time to vote in a different jurisdiction. How long did it take to get your most recent updated license from the DMV? Vote "No" on this unnecessary amendment which will create significant roadblocks to voting for good citizens.

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PassOut76Oct. 10, 12 6:47 AM

There is so much heat around this, there must be some big money on the table regarding the outcome. Given the political battle it has become, I recommend people to think about it in common sense terms. How does it help/hurt when you have to show picture id for basic life activities such as getting on an airplane, writing a check, going to the doctor, buying a gun, etc. When you honestly answer that question your vote will be clear.

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privateeyeOct. 10, 1212:23 PM

I recommend people to think about it in common sense terms.---let me help complete your thought, how does this effect you as there has been no previous voter fraud and will cause the state to spend millions implementing a measure that will only prevent people from voting, not help them. When you honestly answer this question, your vote will become clear.

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privateeyeOct. 10, 1212:24 PM

Another scenario is that of people who move to a new home a few days before the election, who can't possibly get a new updated drivers license in time to vote in a different jurisdiction. -----Funny thing is, they could still buy a gun, a car, cigarettes, alcohol, drive a car.....the only thing they couldn't do is vote.

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hecklesOct. 10, 12 1:06 PM

"Really ? Please show me one person who has ever, or is currently recving any kind of assistance from the government for anything, that does not have a picture id.".......Are you stating that the only ones who may have an issue are the ones on assistance??? Seems shallow minded to me.

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hecklesOct. 10, 12 1:13 PM

I would just like to note, I generally dont get ID'd to buy cigarettes, go to the Dr, pick up prescriptions (for myself daughter and fiance) many of which have been narcotics, schedule 2 etc, justsign the machine. Also, I have never been ID'd to purchase cough syrup as some have stated. Never get ID'd when I write a check (which is bothersome and one reason I dont have checks anymore) Never ID'd to use my credit or debit card...Its so rare that I am ID'd so that argument is out the door for me also, none of these are RIGHTS as an American, which does make a difference

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hobie2Oct. 10, 12 1:58 PM

The real numbers and the real cost? According to the US Government's Office of Highway Policy Information, 61.6 % of the Minnesota population over the age of 16 has a driver's license... 3 in 5... All persons over the age of 18, except incarcerated or paroled felons, are eligible to vote. TWO OUT OF EVERY FIVE ELIGIBLE VOTERS TODAY does NOT have a drivers license... And the amendment proponents want to give them "free" IDs. How many is that we pay for?.. US Govt Census says that 73% of the population is over 18, and that MN has 5.3 million people - so MN has 4.2 million eligible voters... 2/5 get "free" ids- 1.7 million "free" IDs - given the number of households in the state, that means that every household buys a "free" ID. If you don't like the numbers, go to the US govt sites yourself and check them. It is NOT "a few" free IDs - it is 1.7 million paid for by the taxed.

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comoparkareaOct. 10, 12 2:25 PM

hobie2- Real nice display of stats. Too bad its a flawed analysis. It doesnt count college studetns, who have pic id's, or military vets, with pic ids, etc-

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