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Minnesota Voter ID Amendment: Why I'm Voting 'No'

Voters will asked to cast their vote for or against the measure Nov. 6.

On Election Day 2012, voters are charged with a very important task.

Not only will they be casting their vote for local, state and national races for government office, but also in favor or opposition of a constitutional amendment regarding the need for photo identification for future elections.

If passed, the state's Constitution would be amended to state that a valid Minnesota ID must be presented to election officials in order to vote.

Voting "yes" on the ballot measure means you do support the changing of the Constitution. Voting "no" means you do not support the change.

Patch asked readers to share why they are voting for or against the measure. The following are submitted statements from Richfield and Twin Cities area residents who are voting "no":

Judy Goebel of Richfield:

The right to vote is fundamental to our country. Citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote:

  • Even if they are homeless
  • Even if they are poor
  • Even if they are elderly or handicapped
  • Even if they are students
  • Even if they are away from home on election day, including overseas serving in the military

Any of these could be prevented under the proposed amendment. The proponents, who have not given us the actual text of the amendment to read before we vote and have told us to “trust them”. I was taught not to sign anything without reading it first. I am voting no because I don’t sign blank checks.

Annie Shandorf of Minneapolis:

I have no problem with providing ID to vote. I've done it twice, due to registering same day my first election, and in 2010 because I had recently moved. I actually don't have a problem with requiring everyone to provide ID to vote. I do have a problem with my elected officials using constitutional amendments to force legislation that would ordinarially not pass. This amendment is potentially very costly for the state and any counties that will need to upgrade or add equipment and election judges to enforce the process. To my knowledge, these costs are not addressed in the amendment, as they should be in a properly crafted bill. I find it insulting to my intelligence that this amendment is even on the ballot. It's designed to exploit misinformed voters in an effort to get around the standard legislative process. For these reasons, I plan to vote no.

Shari Resler of Maple Grove:

This is a ridiculously expensive (not to mention ineffective) solution to a virtually nonexistent voter fraud problem, and would unnecessarily disenfranchise a large number of citizens whose right to vote would be impeded by this amendment.

Want to weigh-in? Leave a comment below.

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Other releated articles:

  • Minnesota Marriage Amendment: Why I'm Voting 'No'
  • Minnesota Marriage Amendment: Why I'm Voting 'Yes'
  • Minnesota Voter ID Amendment: Why I'm Voting 'Yes'

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Tim Wenzel November 02, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Part of the issue you NO voters miss is that I can not hire anyone without a picture ID. so if you can't get a picture ID and get a job, why should you get to vote and collect welfare ?
B_Schiff November 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Send it back and have them write a proper amendment. It's too vague; I can't even describe what I'm voting for beyond some basic theory. We do not know how this will be implemented because we have zero solid about what the law will look like, PLUS we don't even know who will be in the legislature to write the law after this election. Besides -- the biggest voter fraud is the candidates, themselves! The republicrats all work for the same special interests, which is why nothing changes with whoever the puppet in power is.
Kathy November 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
What stops me from voting as my neighbor that just passed away and then coming back and voting as myself . Technically I could vote as any one of my neighbors if I get to the polls before them. Since i dont have To show an ID, How can anyone prevent this from happening?
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 03:02 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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