Nation's racial legacy shapes Minnesota's voter ID debate

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2012 - 5:32 AM

Both sides campaign by laying claim to furthering Voting Rights Act.

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endothermOct. 23, 12 9:58 PM

Republican strategists have come right out and said that they proposed this amendment (and those like it in other states) because they think it will help them win elections by making it harder for renters, students and urban minorities to vote--people they know from poll numbers are likely to support Democrats. If Republicans want to win elections, they should do what everybody else does, get their message out and try to convince people to support them. They should NOT try to change the rules and limit the voting rights of perfectly responsible people who tend to support their opponents. Vote "No."

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luzhishenOct. 23, 1210:34 PM

"it will empower minority voters by granting free IDs and fuller participation in society." (Chuckle)

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ChachiOct. 23, 1211:43 PM

If people are really fiscally conservative, they will vote "NO". This unnecessary amendment will cost millions to implement and it will almost certainly end up in court costing tax payers even more money.

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cootoriginalOct. 23, 1211:54 PM

The sky is falling.

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Willy53Oct. 24, 12 5:27 AM

Our construction company builds a lot of elderly housing. When finished and for a few months after, I am privlaged to meet many of the new residents that occupy them. Frequently they create social organizations and activity groups to assist in transportation and other needs. The biggest problem at the top of their list: Voter ID. Understanding what they need to get one, the logistics of getting somewhewre to procure it, and quite frankly the money to buy new birth certificates and the hassle it crates for many of them to figure out in what part of the country it exists. The Voter ID amendment is illegal in any form. Were it not for a conservative activist US Supreme Court, these forms of Voter Suppression and modern day Jim Crow laws would be declared illegal and discriminatory. The point is that Voter ID signals out certain segments of the population to perform exttra work to be able to vote. That is illegal.

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butchie57Oct. 24, 12 5:41 AM

Why has this issue come up after Obama became President. If a Republican was President would all the states be pushing for ID fraud?? Everyone knows what this is all about!!

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jocksterOct. 24, 12 5:51 AM

It is only common sense to implement this ammendment. Why do many people feel minorities are incapable of identifying themselves?

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Thumper5316Oct. 24, 12 6:02 AM

endotherm..."Republican strategists have come right out and said that they proposed this amendment (and those like it in other states) because they think it will help them win elections by making it harder for renters, students and urban minorities to vote--people they know from poll numbers are likely to support Democrats." Who has said this? What are their name? Source, please.

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purlieuOct. 24, 12 6:20 AM

I'm white and I don't want to have my ability to vote based on a poll worker deciding if my photo is me despite my change in hair style or color, weight gain or loss and poor photographic quality. To put this requirement in our constitution is foolishness. Now I can go, sign my name, vote and head to work. Perhaps Republicans will support a voters holiday so we all will get paid while we wait in lines while poll workers analyze photos (and take abuse from frustrated voters) as lines get longer.

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indie71Oct. 24, 12 6:51 AM

Oh spare us another retro civil rights movement that has NOTHING to do with either Amendment or who is most qualified to get this economy out of the dumpster.

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