Voter ID: Like pulling on a thread

  • Article by: AMY BERGQUIST
  • Updated: October 25, 2012 - 6:45 PM

Proponents can't explain away the trouble it would cause.

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humanfodderOct. 25, 12 7:28 PM

I like Bergquist's argument here because it peels back the layers of complexity of this issue. We all want quick fixes, but those are the true myths. The state's constitution is not a document to experiment with this particular fix. (Not to mention, that there really isn't anything to fix, but that is another argument.)

dave9398Oct. 25, 12 8:48 PM

Has this caused trouble in the states where it is already required?

fooledmeonceOct. 25, 12 8:57 PM

there are no problems, more spin, be ready to show your ID next election cycle

george1917Oct. 25, 12 8:59 PM

As this says, proponents of the voter ID amendment label critics' arguments as "myths," but they go beyond that to attacking any critics. They deny the hign costs that this will cost MN but far worse, they eagerly engage in characted assassination. A case in point is their attacks on SOS Mark Ritchie regarding him accurately identifying the problems that will result from this for some military voters. I worked in the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State from 2004 until 2008 under both former Secretary Kiffmeyer and current Secretary Ritchie, I coordinated with the Department of Defense to address obstacles to Minnesota’s military voters. I have also served in the military, reserve and active duty, for about 38 years. Contrary to the assertions that military members will not have any problems meeting what will be the necessary requirements under this amendment because they have a photographic identification for getting onto a military base, the military ID (CAC) card does not have any address on it, let alone a Minnesota address showing which precinct one is eligible to vote in. When Secretary Ritchie took office in 2007 he developed a close relationship with the DOD as one of his highest priorities. He adopted their military voting reforms along with his own; reached out to veteran's organizations to inform them of his goals and to seek their support to push the legislature to adopt these reforms. He then drafted proposed laws and worked tirelessly to get them passed. Secretary Ritchie was so successful in getting his reforms adopted into law that Minnesota was named an All-Star state by the Military Voter Protection (MVP) Project in 2012 as part of their 2012 Heroes Vote Initiative. And these amendment promoters simply resort to lies and character assassination to discredit him for providing realistic possibilities for what can happen to military voters under this amendment. One final point to be made is that in my time in the OSS, I was also the person charged with receiving allegations of illegal voting from the public or government officials. In two national elections, there was not a single substantiated complaint of anyone intentionally committing voter fraud. Two statewide recounts where each ballot was looked at confirms the lack of voter fraud in the state.

okeedokeeOct. 25, 12 9:24 PM

How much of a simpering child do you have to be to be "disenfranchised" by having to show an ID. Grow up and become adults. MPR poll indicates 64% support this amendment.

davehougOct. 25, 12 9:24 PM

I will vote YES because I believe there are enough smart people in the Legislature & Govenor's office to figure out how to show ID and NOT cut off voters.

bobby9Oct. 25, 12 9:25 PM

Paper ID's are so passe, we now have drones, they will cast a wide net, let us all hold hands and praise the new technology that will deliver us from evil and praise "god's eye's in the sky" that will watch us 24/7 and keep us safe. Obey and comply fellow citizens, and we will be taken care of....

pcha77Oct. 25, 12 9:47 PM

There is an easy solution for ID verification as there are many electronic ID verifying machines that start at around $400.

thehoffersOct. 25, 12 9:48 PM

Ooga-booga! I'll make up problems to scare you!

roymercerOct. 25, 1210:52 PM

I just cast my vote for the amendment, the first of many I intend to cast.


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