This morning, in Pat Kubly, former Montgomery mayor McGuire & Forum papers speak out against amendments, Bluestem looked at letters and editorials that had come out against both amendments on the ballot.
A friend's Facebook post called our attention to Vote no on the voter ID measure, an editorial in the Albert Lea Tribune. The editors write:
. . . The voter ID amendment is not the answer to better elections. It merely is a means to limit who gets to vote in elections and creates red-tape headaches for anyone who moves or lacks ID. Many retirees or people living in public housing lack photo IDs. It may seem impossible to get by in modern life without one, but many more people than you know do not have one. The Star Tribune placed the number of Minnesota registered voters without a driver’s license or other ID at 215,000.
Voter fraud is rare, and when it does happen, it typically involves felons on probation who are not allowed to vote. A photo ID would not address the problem because driver’s licenses do not say who is a felon.
The vote on Nov. 6 could be considered a true test for fiscal conservatives. The voter ID amendment was placed on the ballot by state-level Republicans; however, the measure, if passed, would prove to be a costly expense to fix a minor problem. Anyone who cares about their tax dollars being spent wisely has to shake their head. The measure might as well ask, “Do you want your local taxes to go up?”
As a result, some right-leaning voters might have to decide that day whether they are Republican or whether they are conservative. . . .
Ouch. Read the entire editorial at the Tribune.
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