Voter ID drive rejected

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 9:13 AM

With 98 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, the amendment had the support of only 46 percent of voters.

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akamurphNov. 6, 12 7:45 PM

The UN poll-watchers at polling sites today were quoted saying "amazed the US doesn't require ID to cast votes". It is pretty common sense in today's world.

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Tinye67Nov. 6, 12 9:04 PM

On most amendments I can see that there are two sides to each issue. On the Photo ID one, I seriously cannot understand how anyone could vote against it. We show ID for most everything and no one complains. Many states already require it in their elections. Makes no sense.

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LumpmooseNov. 6, 12 9:58 PM

akamurph - The United States is a federal constitutional republic composed of states with a lot of autonomy. The UN service members are probably from countries with a much more centralized national government that provides national IDs and national voting regulations. Since the US states have a lot more autonomy than that, there isn't the same kind of top-down control. It's not surprising that UN members would be surprised by the rather unusual government philosophy of the US. But we're so much bigger than a lot of UN countries that it's a system that works best for us.

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potter101Nov. 6, 1211:16 PM

akamurphNov. 6, 12 7:45 PM The UN poll-watchers at polling sites today were quoted saying "amazed the US doesn't require ID to cast votes". It is pretty common sense in today's world.*********************You need a reason to call it common sense . There is enough cheating in voting to spent $7.40, anymore then that and it is a complete waste of my money. I love it when the big government party do it and then make me pay for it. There is only one way a person of conscience can vote and that is NO NO! On both big government amendments.

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anderson245Nov. 6, 1211:34 PM

posted by akamurph "The UN poll-watchers at polling sites today were quoted saying 'amazed the US doesn't require ID to cast votes'. It is pretty common sense in today's world." ..................... Really? I just did 3 minutes of research and found out that England (U.K) and France don't require ID to vote. If those two countries don't require it, then it must be common sense for us not to require it.

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xjritterNov. 6, 1211:40 PM

Photo ID movement appears (as of 11:30 p.m.) to have stalled here in Minnesota. The voters are saying NO, so far.

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rldd36Nov. 7, 1212:56 AM

George Soros just got a HUUUUUUUUGE ROI on his SOS project.

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westcentralwNov. 7, 12 1:08 AM

When I first heard of the voter ID amemndment, I thought yeah that makes sense, but Then I thought of all the people that wouldn't be allowed to vote, because they didn't have correct ID, This is america, everyone should get a chance to get their voice heard!

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regexpNov. 7, 12 1:37 AM

For those that keep stating we show our ID for "everything" - ask yourself why. Ignoring the fact that isn't true - ask yourself why when asked to show your ID. Its rarely about protecting you.

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dorsanoNov. 7, 12 1:59 AM

If the amendment had been crafted as a state-wide voter registration initiative to get the state to 100% registration, it probably would have passed. People here are happy with what we have.

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