To the Editor:
What is the reason to amend the Minnesota Constitution to require state photo identification to vote? The question on the ballot is poorly conceived, incomplete and misleading to the voter. If approved by voters, it will make voting harder or impossible for older, poorer, younger folks and also for our military.
Voting is every citizen’s constitutional right. We must maintain a high bar against attempts to restrict it or any other right the constitution gives us. There is a huge percentage of citizens without state-issued identification with current address: older people who no longer drive, those needing absentee ballots, college students and our military.
Lost your wallet? Moved and had no time to update your driver’s license? Disabled, don’t drive? You’ll have to jump through lots of hoops to vote, traveling here and there to satisfy a yet-to-be determined way to make your provisional ballot count.
The proposed amendment leaves these “details” to be determined later. Cost to Minnesota? Perhaps $40 million.
Minnesotans don’t want to suppress their citizen neighbors’ right to vote. Vote “no” on the amendment.