Voter ID Amendment

by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Voters will see two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot on Nov. 6. Both are controversial. The so-called marriage amendment seeks to place in the state constitution language defining marriage as the union of man and woman. The question asked of voters reads: “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended [...]

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It’s about time that the ECM Editorial Board got it right (Oct 13, page 4) on the voting restriction amendment that will be on the ballot on November 6th. In addition to costing a lot of money to implement, it’s a classic case of bait and switch. What is listed on the ballot isn’t the [...]

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I was astounded to learn recently that two state senators have complained about Secretary of State Mark Ritchie publicly stating that troops deployed overseas would have a more difficult time successfully casting their ballot under the proposed constitutional amendment on elections. I believe Secretary Ritchie is correct and that he would be derelict in his [...]

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I always thought it was strange, but a bit nostalgic or timeless to just say my name, sign the ledger, and vote. It’s taken me a while to form an opinion on the issue, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a waste of time and money at the moment. Voter ID isn’t going [...]

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A constitutional amendment for photo ID is a poor approach to a perceived problem of voter fraud. Several reasons include the following: 1)Unknown costs ranging from estimates from $3 million to $67 million, negating the claim of this change being free, costing  nothing. Minnesota Association of Townships estimates the cost to townships from one and [...]

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The “Voter I.D” Amendment is poorly written, and the consequences were not all considered. This new law will restrict hundreds of thousands of otherwise eligible Minnesota voters. It will have the most effect on seniors, students, military and other Minnesotans living abroad, all poor people (but primarily low income-minorities), people who have recently moved, and [...]

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When the voter ID amendment was first introduced earlier this year, most people thought this issue was a no brainer. A recent poll suggests otherwise. A recent Star Tribune Minnesota Poll reports that 52 percent of Minnesotans support voter ID, down from 80 percent who supported the amendment several months ago. Why the huge drop [...]

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First off, I greatly appreciate Paul Perovich’s military service to his country. I also applaud his and his wife’s willingness to become foster parents. However, I firmly disagree (and candidly I am shocked) with his stance on the proposed voter ID amendment (Saturday, April 14). Comparing the voter ID amendment to pre-1960s Jim Crow laws [...]

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