ST. Paul, MN.- In April, House and Senate Republicans voted “yes” to the proposed constitutional amendment requiring voters to present photo identification when voting at the polls. In November’s general elections, the amendment will be presented on our ballots.
Much of the debate around the country centers on election vote fraud. As a registered voter, it is not required to present a photo ID when voting. States have their own individual requirements for identification at polling places but only first time voter are required to show identification. Voter ID laws have been enacted as a measure to ensure that voters are who they say they are when they vote. However, many have contended that the laws disproportionately affect elderly, minority and low-income groups and are a form of voter suppression. The difficulties associated with getting photo identifications, including the cost burden, would disenfranchise low-income voters.
In Minnesota, the House passed the Voter ID bill, and although it was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton, the bill put the decision directly to the voters on the election ballot. Is this new constitutional amendment a debate over election security or ballot access? To learn more about the voter ID laws in other states and Minnesota, visit ProPublica.
We at CAPM believe that voting rights belong to all eligible, law-abiding Minnesotans and the amendment would limit voting participation in Minnesota. We should protect our right to vote. The Our Vote Our Future coalition would like to invite you to learn more about the photo ID amendment and how you can participate in the campaign here.
Our Vote Our Future is the statewide ballot initiative campaign to defeat the photo ID amendment which will appear on Minnesota’s November 6, 2012 general election ballot. Please visit www.OurVoteOurFuture.org.