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Aug 26, 2012

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Phoenix Woman

Rice County's not one of Minnesota's smallest counties, but it's by no means Minnesota's biggest, either. We're looking at a minimum of $10 million spent on legislative mandates whose chief effect will be to keep tens if not hundreds of thousands of legal voters out of the voting booths -- and which will do nothing to stop the sort of uncommon shenanigans the legislation is alleged by its ALEC backers to fight.

Wonder what life will be like for county clerks and for MnDOT personnel if this amendment passes? Look no further than Pennsylvania. From http://my.firedoglake.com/thirdandstate/2012/08/24/chaos-at-the-penndot/ --

-- This summer, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center recruited volunteers to visit PennDOT offices across the Commonwealth and tell us about their experiences trying to obtain free photo ID under the new law. The results of that survey are in our new report, (http://pennbpc.org/voter-ID) Pennsylvania’s Identity Crisis: Rushed Implementation of Voter ID Law Puts Voting Rights at Risk.

Volunteers visited 43 PennDOT centers in 27 counties across the commonwealth, representing three-quarters of the state’s population. They completed a survey that looked at very simple things: whether there was signage, if forms were available, if there was information that the IDs could be available for free, if volunteers got accurate information. We were surprised just how difficult it was for our volunteers to get the right information and the right forms — and they knew exactly what to ask for.
The report finds that voters are likely to be frustrated in their attempts to secure a free ID from PennDOT. Some volunteers found the offices weren’t open the first time they visited and they had to return another time. There was no signage and limited information in half the sites, and the forms needed to secure a free ID were not available most of the time. In almost half the cases, voters received information that proved to be incomplete or inaccurate from staff at the centers. Problems were as likely to occur in Franklin and Luzerne counties as in Philadelphia or Allegheny County. --

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