Where do you stand on voter ID?

Minnesotans are divided over the proposed amendment on the November ballot that would require citizens to show a photo ID in order to vote. How do you see the proposal?

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Voter fraud is not a real issue. It almo… 55102

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voter fraud is not a real issue. It almost ever happens, and it's just an excuse for the GOP to save themselves. It's another fearful policy, that doesn't parallel the nation we live in.

What personal experiences guide you?

The United States is known as a melting pot, we are a nation of immigrants. This is something we should look upon with pride, not scorn.This is a nation that has people of all colors,religions and socioeconomic status. The voter ID amendment is trying to make it as hard as possible for already disenfranchised voters to vote. This policy will clearly benefit the GOP and that is a fact. Lets keep elections fair.

What else should we know about the issue?

How can you believe that voting yes is a good thing, unless you're completely brainwashed.

-- Jake Abrahams, Saint Paul

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Wrong to effectively disenfranchise peop… 55426

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Wrong to effectively disenfranchise people and absolutely no evidence of voter fraud. And, the constitution should not be used to take away rights

What personal experiences guide you?

Being raised to care about people and being a lawyer.

-- Frank Abramson, St. Louis Park

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I like voting in person and don't have a… 56649

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I like voting in person and don't have a problem with presenting id, although I have yet to see evidence that this is truly a problem in most areas and thus an added expense for local government that isn't really needed. I'd rather have the elected officials focus on the issues that are important and leave the issues that are minor for another day.

What personal experiences guide you?

I came from a state that had eliminated physical voting and everyone voted by mail. It allowed voters time to research the issues with the ballot in front of them and vote over the course of a couple of days if need be. Some years the ballots were long and complicated and keeping track of all the various races and who you were supporting (especially as an independent) was difficult. Sometimes I created a list, but almost always missed someone or some initiative that I wasn't aware of and had to decide there in the booth whether to vote without researching, or leave it blank.

-- Diane Adams, International Falls

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Because this cynical amendment initiativ… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Because this cynical amendment initiative is patently wrong on every level from the moral to the legal to the Constitutional.

What personal experiences guide you?

School. I mean, I studied in school and we learned all about "poll tax" and other devices used to disenfranchise the poor.

What else should we know about the issue?

Both constitutional amendments on the ballots this season are insincere exercises in pure cynicism. Their sponsors do NOT care about the issues at hand. The Republicans have no interest in 'protecting voting' or 'protecting marriage.' They know that neither is threatened and the neither would be defended by these measures. BOTH of these amendments are attempts to get Republican voters to the polls in a year when the Republican party has absolutely nothing to offer aside from the fearmongering that both constitutional amendments on the ballot this year represent.

-- Bob Alberti, Minneapolis

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This is the same ploy the self-anointed … 55116

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This is the same ploy the self-anointed aristocracy has used for over a century to stay in power. When the czar allowed the Duma, the Russian aristocracy kept limiting the people who could vote to ensure they stayed in power. Same thing happened in the UK a century ago. They even went so far as to ask King George to dissolve the House of Commons when they lost. The history books are full of this deceitful ploy by the self-anointed aristocracy to stay in power and ignore the common good of the country.

-- Steven Anderson, St Paul

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I do not see where having or obtaining a… 55391

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I do not see where having or obtaining a govt photo ID to establish /validate your identity is a negative or wrong. For the vast majority of eligible voters in MN. they already have such identification and for those who do not, maybe they should have a photo id.

-- Dennis Anderson, Wayzata

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1) the State Constitution is intended to… 55403

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. 1) the State Constitution is intended to protect citizen rights in a diverse population, not limit them. 2) there is no need for a law to prevent voter fraud because there is none. 3) the effect of this law, should it pass, would be to reduce the percentage of citizens voting, where Minnesota has the record for turnout. 4) the free voter i.d. cards will cost the taxpayers plenty, result in bigger government and more government controls. 5) the thousands of people who could not vote are the least able and most vulnerable of our citizens who need the mist protection from the State Constitution. 6) who dares criticize the thousands of poll watchers and election officials who are doing an excellent job right now.

What personal experiences guide you?

I recently tried to make an appointment for a drivers road test as the final stage of getting a Minnesota State driver's license. The test dates available are about 60 days in the future which means I couldn't use a drivers license to vote. I assume that budgetary cuts have reduced the number of State testing agents. But think of the economic loss to the State as well as individuals if not being able to drive to work (etc) for two months. That is $8000 of lost wages and $2000 of list taxes. I think we should use our money to fix this problem.

What else should we know about the issue?

Prominent Republicans and Democrats have joined to defeat this amendment by urging a "no" vote. My lawyer friends say this is an important attack on our State Constitution which could have unintended effects.

-- Frederick Appell, Minneapolis

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This is a solution in search of a proble… 55407

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This is a solution in search of a problem. And every dime spent on it - pro or con - is a dime not spent on a real problem. I see this as yet another diversion, one more tiny wedge issue, when we ought to be talking about big issues: Is growth really essential or even workable? Shouldn't we transfer our allegiance and focus to sustainability? What is the optimal balance between free market and prudent / essential regulation?

What personal experiences guide you?

I haven't seen any voter fraud that would have been prevented by this measure. What I hear is that the incredibly few instances of people voting who should not vote is felons who have not applied for / been granted the right to vote again.

What else should we know about the issue?

It's not a debate at all. It's an argument. There is no judge who can determine who makes the best case rationally. It's about money and who can speak the loudest, not necessarily with the most sense.

-- Michael Ayers, Minneapolis

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The Constitution should not be used to s… 55419

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The Constitution should not be used to satisfying the ebb and flow of partisan politics. Minnesotans have a long and proud tradition of relatively high voting records unfettered by fraud. Older citizens, disabled citizens, and underrepresented members of our society will be hurt by this. It's way too expensive and complicates the process for the most fundamental right we have in our democracy.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have seen discrimination and its effect on my family and my friends. I am always concerned about discrimination that is proposed as "fair" for all citizens when it is motivated by discrimination for political advantage.

-- Steve Baker

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There is no credible evidence that any f… 55417

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is no credible evidence that any fraud existed in the past or currently exists in our voting system. In addition, with an as yet unspecified voter ID system in place a number of elderly individuals, students and military personnel will not be able to vote since they may not be able to obtain the required ID. When you look at voting percentages from past elections, Minnesota at around 60% has the highest voter turnout in the nation. Yet even in MN people are not storming the gates to legally or illegally vote. And still, with an photo ID requirement, if someone REALLY wants to illegally vote, in all probability s/he will be able to do so by obtaining a valid photo ID. It should also be noted that this Republican initiative stands in direct conflict with their stated goals of reducing big government, cutting government spending and reducing the "big brother" aspect of too much regulation and oversight.

-- Robert Bathke, Minneapolis

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The amount of voter fraud is slim to non… 55723

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The amount of voter fraud is slim to none in this state making voter ID unnecessary. Furthermore, it would unfairly prevent disenfranchised groups of people from voting, e.g., elderly people (esp. those in nursing homes), people who are homeless, people of colour, and those who file absentee ballots (military personnel, students who go to school out-of-state, etc.) As far as i'm concerned the system we already have in place works well.

What personal experiences guide you?

As a child of the '60's and knowing people who engaged in the voter registration campaigns in the South i am keenly aware of the abuses that can take place when people are prevented from voting for any reason. i believe that those people who are democrats or more progressive voters, in particular, will be left out of the voting process. Unless the law restricts a person from voting, e.g., convicted felons, for a period of time, it is every citizen's right to vote. That right should not in any way be restricted.

What else should we know about the issue?

i live in an unusual place...on the Range in a township that votes Republican a majority of the time. Because it is sparsely populated and close to a rural town, folks don't generally talk about politics unless it's at a caucus meeting. Very few people want to discuss "hot button" issues in "Lake Wobegone".

-- Jesse Bearheart, Cook

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I have not seen evidence of the massive … 56273

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I have not seen evidence of the massive voter fraud implied by the creators of this bill. I think it is a solution looking for a problem.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have been on welfare with no extra money to get an ID if it was needed. I have also worked with people who don't have any extra wherewithall to get a voter ID if it was needed, whether that means getting to a site that provides the ID, or even planning their life around doing so.

-- Andrene Bendson-Flint, New London

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Photo ID costs money. The documents need… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Photo ID costs money. The documents needed to get a photo ID cost money. It also requires time off in the middle of the day during the week to go to vital records to get everything arranged. I personally do not have the money for all these documents nor can I take off from my retail job to go get these things. I am still an American citizen and I still have the right to vote. The right to vote isn't just guaranteed to everyone with the time, money and know-how to get an ID before Election Day. The right to vote is guaranteed to every American. Finally, there was that group that offered one million dollars to anyone who could prove a case of voter fraud. No one has claimed the money. Voter fraud isn't occurring. This is a blatant attempt is disenfranchise voters who reliably vote democratic.

What personal experiences guide you?

See above. Also, I have been very poor my whole life. When I talk about this issue with people they don't understand that some of us Simply do not have the time, money, or know how to get an ID. I can't ask my parents for the money because they don't have it either. People act like I'd I can't get and ID then I' m too lazy and stupid to vote anyway.

What else should we know about the issue?

There is a lot of open hatred towards those of us that are poor. Many people imply that we don't deserve to vote. I work hard, I deserve to vote just as much as the next person. As a recipient of many government programs who the next president is directly impacts my life. I need to vote.

-- Fiona Birch, Minneapolis

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I am against every attempt to turn us in… 55105

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I am against every attempt to turn us into a plutocracy and take us back to The Gilded Age.

What personal experiences guide you?

It is harder and harder for people who are not wealthy to get by. A vibrant middle class with access to societal amenities and infrastructure is vital to a stable and successful society

What else should we know about the issue?

Republicans versus the underprivileged

-- Carla Blumberg, Saint Paul

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I don't believe the motive behind the re… 55733

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I don't believe the motive behind the republican push to require voter ID is pure. If politicians were truly trying to solve a problem that exists, I would consider the voter ID a possible solution. As it is, it appears that the republicans invented the issue in order to lower the voter turnout for Demomcrats.

What personal experiences guide you?

My experience with voting in Minnesota is that we have a good system. I'm not aware of a problem in our area, and evidently, that is consistent throughout Minnesota. It is a solution begging for a problem that doesn't exist.

-- Virgil Boehland, Esko

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The people who initiated this change arg… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The people who initiated this change argue it is needed to address voter fraud. Voter fraud has been studied in Minnesota and elsewhere and simply isn't a problem that requires a change to the constitution. There is very little voter fraud, especially in MN. This is an effort to limit the ability of certain groups to vote, and I consider it an outrage for a democratic society to pursue this.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have been a regular non-partisan volunteer on election day at polling places in various cities and it is always an orderly affair. I have worked to promote civic engagement among youth and adults and I hope all people, once they turn 18, will consider politics important enough to motivate them to vote, no matter how they vote. Efforts to make voting more difficult are an affront to the notion of a democratic society.

-- Erin Bowley, Minneapolis

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I'm concerned this will disenfranchise t… 55082

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I'm concerned this will disenfranchise the poor, elderly, and non-drivers.

What personal experiences guide you?

I know how long it takes in the DMV to get my license renewed. I also know many people who struggle to get off from work to get this done when you need to prepare for being in the office a couple hours when you go in. I doubt the people in favor of this (who tend to be in favor of smaller government) have given much thought to shortening this process or hiring additional people, especially closer to elections.

What else should we know about the issue?

People who have drivers' licenses don't realize who this might impact and how broad the potential reach might be. Identification makes sense, but there's a lot more involved in making that happen than most people realize (voter and/or government expense) which may not have pay off in the long run.

-- Tami Brass, Stillwater

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Many of our ancestors came to this count… 55328

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Many of our ancestors came to this county because of religious persecution in their homelands. That is why one of the cornerstones of our Constitution is the basic right of religious freedom. Other civil rights have evolved over time. At first, only white, land owning men were allowed to vote. As time went on we have had many battles over expansion of those rights. Women who fought for the right to vote, to own and inherit property were imprisoned. Black Americans fought and died for their right to vote, to use public facilities, to be treated as equal human beings in the counting of the census.

Now we find ourselves in two new battles sweeping across our nation.

One is the right of citizens to vote, many of whom do not have ready access to their birth certificate or other documents required to get a government issued photo ID. Many people don't realize the difficulties some have in obtaining these documents, but that should not mean that this class of people should be shut out of our democracy.

The other is the right of two adults to enter into a civil contract we call marriage. As a Catholic, I was raised to view marriage as a sacrament. Our Constitutional guaranty of religious freedom means that our churches have the right to decide when to perform sacraments, including the right to refuse.

As an American, I was raised to view all Americans as having certain fundamental rights, including the right for adults to enter into civil contracts, and in strictly legal terms, marriage is also that.

What personal experiences guide you?

As a white woman married to a black man, the idea of the civil right to marry is a personal one. If put to a popular vote 50 years ago, many people would have voted to keep marriages such as mine illegal. Civil rights should not be based on what is popular.

Marriage is a commitment to stick it out through good times and bad, and creates stability. For those who are uncomfortable with the idea of gay people having the civil right to marry, I hope and pray you will remember that stability and long term relationships are good things.

To ban civil rights is un-American.

-- Chris Brazelton, Delano

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It is a calculated move by republicans t… 55104

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is a calculated move by Republicans to pick up a fraction of a percentage of the vote, which can swing an election to their side nowadays.

-- Matthew Brenengen, Saint Paul

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Voting is the defining right of a democr… 55417

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voting is the defining right of a democracy. Voting illegally is already a crime. While I believe there will be a relatively small number of people prevented from voting, all evidence also indicates that the number of people voting illegally is also very small. Prosecute crimes, don't take away law-abiding citizen's rights to prevent others from committing crime.

What else should we know about the issue?

Please start calling proponents of the amendment who misdefine "disenfranchise". A case of voter fraud does not fractionally disenfranchise every other voter in the state; those other voters still have had the right to vote, it wasn't taken away. This misuse of the term is a cynical ploy to distract from the reason this should not be done: true disenfranchisement.

-- Karl Brophey, Minneapolis

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It's a trumped up issue by Republicans d… 55114

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It's a trumped up issue by Republicans designed to suppress the vote of the old and poor as well as slow down voter registration which because of changing demographics works against Republicans.

What personal experiences guide you?

Who would waste their time and risk imprisonment casting a fraudulent ballot? One vote? Really? It's far more effective to mess with mass amounts of votes at the counting stage like the well documented fraud in Ohio, Georgia, New Mexico, etc in 2000 and 2004.

What else should we know about the issue?

Going by the "Vote NO" signage, I'd guess it will go down to heavy defeat in my area.

-- Robert Brose

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The photo ID amendment is an expensive n… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The photo ID amendment is an expensive non-solution to a non-problem. The measure is clearly designed to disenfranchise the segment of the population most likely to lack photo ID credentials. There are all manner of unanticipated consequences of this, e.g., parole officers with a work address on their state issued ID would be unable to vote. My daughter going to school in Canada would be unable to vote absentee. The list goes on...

What personal experiences guide you?

In forty years of voting in Minnesota I have never seen or heard of voter fraud.

-- Daniel Burbank, Minneapolis

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The Federal Constitution guarantees us t… 55124

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The Federal Constitution guarantees us that we are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This amendment, if enacted, would presume we are guilty of voter fraud until we prove we are innocent. It is a fundamental violation of one of our most basic rights, and it is a travesty of justice that this is even being brought forth as an amendment.

What personal experiences guide you?

I read the Constitution of the United States of America, and I understood it.

What else should we know about the issue?

The only places I see "yes" signs in yards are in signs also supporting the so-called "marriage" amendment.

-- Steve Burdette, Apple Valley

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My reasons for voting "No" are many and … 55014

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. My reasons for voting "No" are many and varied. Firstly, the question seems to be a solution in search of a problem: documented voter fraud in Minnesota is minimal, and as far as I can find, limited to felons voting before they are eligible.

Mary Kiffmeyer has admitted on camera that voter ID, as proposed, will NOT be able to stop these felons from voting, it only serves as a deterrent. Next, I am concerned about the possibility of disenfranchising eligible voters, especially students, the elderly, and the disabled. In addition, it is unclear whether same-day registration continues to be possible or pragmatic, and also, to what similar standards absentee balloting by mail will be held.

Finally, the cost of implementing voter ID statewide is estimated to be in the millions of dollars, and while an ID might not have a direct cost to obtain, the cost of formulating a system, upgrading election hardware and software infrastructure, and the hiring and training of additional election judges all has to be paid for somehow. Ultimately, that cost falls back on taxpayers at the state, county, and city levels.

To me, it's a clear choice.

What personal experiences guide you?

The idea of voting being a right has been instilled in me from a young age, and that voting is a civil duty. Stories of suffragettes and poll taxes remind me that it's been a hard fight for many to get that right bestowed upon them, and the possibility of disenfranchising voters that are eligible to vote, simply because they don't have advocates to help them obtain ID sickens me.

Throughout my college years, I voted by absentee mail ballot in my home precinct, and was glad to be able to continue to influence elections in my home community. In the 2004 election, I was living abroad in Ireland, but voting was still very important to me.

I was only able to vote by mail absentee ballot then as well, and I fear if voter ID passes, that will no longer be an option for Minnesotans living abroad, and also for military personnel who have no way of showing a photo ID in person when they are serving abroad.

What else should we know about the issue?

A lot of people I've talked with in the community think that voter ID sounds great at face value. But when I start voicing my concerns, the tone of the conversation changes and many people say they didn't realize how vague the question is, that people could be disenfranchised, how much implementation would cost, or if there's even a substantial enough problem of voter fraud to justify such an expenditure. Because most of them already have some sort of ID, usually a driver's license, it doesn't occur to them that many people don't have ID or what sort of infrastructure will be needed to implement such a program. I don't see many lawn signs on the issue in my neighborhood. I think this ballot question has flown under the radar with all the talk of the more controversial marriage amendment.

-- Liz Capouch, Blaine

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There are too many people who would find… 56069

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There are too many people who would find this requirement difficult to meet. Seniors don't always have a drivers license or any other picture ID because they seldom need one. Inner city residents may not have a driver's license - I personally know several people who never got a driver's license because of their lifestyle. They use public transportation or are able to walk nearly everywhere they need to go. For others, the required proofs to be issued a state ID would be difficult or impossible to obtain. Lastly, voter fraud has never been shown to be enough of a problem to require this level of intervention. All it would do is make a fundamental right more difficult to exercise for populations that already find participation in society a challenge.

What personal experiences guide you?

Several friends and relatives do not have any state issued ID. They don't drive, and their student IDs would not be considered adequate for voter identification.

-- Nancy Carpenter, Montgomery

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It purports to solve a non existant "pro… 55125

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It purports to solve a non existant "problem". Thinly disguised attempt to disenfranchise those who tend to vote democratic.

What personal experiences guide you?

My sons have risked their lives to allow people to vote. I can think of nothing more unAmerican than to restrict that right. This is shameful.

-- Peter Cavanaugh, Woodbury

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According to SEcretary of State's office… 55405

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. According to SEcretary of State's office 215,000 registered voters would be disqualified until they got IDs. There has only been one case where someone used another person's identity; a mother voted for her daughter. Minnesota has a statewide system whereby if you register in one location, your name is removed from the prior location.

Second, a name is removed in the 5th year after someone does not vote so that the voter rolls are updated. Third, no one has been identified as having attempted to vote in place of a legitimate voter. Lastly, It would be incredibly difficult to identify a voter who will not vote and attempt to vote in their stead. Voter identity fraud is not a problem and denying such large numbers of voters the right to vote as would be effected by voter photo IDs is a crime against democracy

What personal experiences guide you?

As an attorney, I had to establish to Canadian Authorities that a personal representative was who she claimed to be before they would disburse monies to the estate. She was divorced three times.

I had to obtain 1 birth certificate, 3 divorce certificates and 3 marriage certificates to establish that the married woman was the person in her birth certificate. I had to search several counties' records to find the divorce decrees and had to send letters to the Courts to get the divorce decrees. Since I had experience with Courts and Vital Statistic Departments, I was successful.

The Average person would have given up after 1 divorce decree and 1 marriage certificate. Most people would be overwhelmed with trying to get official documents to show their identity.

What else should we know about the issue?

People do not recognize that since they have a photo ID that others might find it difficult to show an ID at an address within 30 days of the election because they may have moved, had no checking or credit account for which and id was needed, it would cost a disabled person significant money to pay for metro mobility to get certificates and obtain a photo id.

-- Roger Clarke, Minneapolis

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Everyone should have and carry an ID any… 56031

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. Everyone should have and carry an ID anyways. Otherwise, what is to stop me from voting for my neighbor should he be out of town ?

What personal experiences guide you?

Some argue that requiring everyone to have an ID is an additional burden on some members of society. It is also a way of curbing ineligible members of society from voting. It is a quick check. I have lived overseas for 5 years of my life - at NO time did I EVER consider appropriate for me to walk around without some form of ID - and the host countries where I was at required photo ID to be carried. I saw nothing wrong with that requirement - and see nothing wrong with the US adopting the same requirement

-- John Clymer, Fairmont

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It is unproven to me that there is a rea… 55426

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is unproven to me that there is a real issue involving people attempting to fraudulently vote. On the flip-side, I am deeply concerned about excluding legitimately eligible voters from the process that is core to our nation and culture--the effort to exclude those people seems to me to be based on the worst of human motivations.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have been fortunate to not be excluded from voting so I suppose you could say that I believe strongly that no one else who should be able vote should be excluded either.

-- Philip Coen-Pesch, St. Louis Park

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That either of these proposed amendments… 55117

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. That either of these proposed amendments is even on the ballot is the result of ridiculously ham-handed cynicism on the part of last year's legislature. It's so obvious to me that those who voted to put these amendments on the ballot are trying to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters with the Photo ID amendment and throw their big donors some red meat in the case of the Marriage Amendment that I am voting no on both out of opposition to such short sighted selfishness and hypocrisy (and for other reasons).

What personal experiences guide you?

I've heard too many stories about how tough the Voter ID amendment would make voting for poor, marginalized or vulnerable people. I also happen to think it's a solution in search of a problem.

What else should we know about the issue?

I think opposition to this is growing but that's a total hunch.

-- PJ Connolly

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I teach at Minnesota State, Mankato. We … 56001

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I teach at Minnesota State, Mankato. We probably have thousands of students who are legal, eligible voters, but I am sure that less than half will have a driver's license with their current address. And the likelihood that everyone will plan ahead far enough to get an ID with a current address is pretty small. Why in the world are we spending millions of dollars to solve a problem that does not exist?

What personal experiences guide you?

I have taught at MN State, Mankato for over 25 years ...

What else should we know about the issue?

Most of the debate is discussing things that just don't happen or that would not be prevented by a photo ID.

-- Lee Cornell, Mankato

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Since the founding of our nation, there … 55407

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Since the founding of our nation, there has been a struggle between inclusion and exclusion, who is considered in and who is considered out. We have argued about the right to vote for those who did not own property, for former slaves, for Native people and for women. We have systematically tried to deny the right to vote to African Americans for our entire history. This is just the latest episode of that long struggle for freedom and democracy.

What personal experiences guide you?

I led the nonpartisan election protection effort in Minnesota in 2004, coming on the heels of the 2000 fiasco in Florida. I saw and heard first hand the attempts to deny people the right to vote on Red Lake Reservation and in some high immigrant precincts in Minneapolis. I know there are people whose mission is to deny the right to vote to their fellow citizens.

-- Pam Costain, Minneapolis

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The primary purpose of its originators i… 55987

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The primary purpose of its originators is to reduce the number of people voting, in particular the poor, aged and certain ethnic groups who tend to support issues and politicians of the other major party. It is unnecessary. Voter fraud/abuse is minuscule. It is an unnecessary expense. It diminishes democracy and the voice of the people.

What personal experiences guide you?

I used to teach history and tried to inform students to be aware of how political parties, ethnic, financial, racial and religious elites, race and sex supremacists, used legislation as a primary means to limit particular groups of peoples' participation in voting thus limiting democracy.

What else should we know about the issue?

What I can't understand is why so many people think this is a good idea? Will the passage of such Amendments encourage our politicians to rule via amendment with its long term consequences rather than legislation that is more easily modified to meet changing times. Do we want Minnesota to be like California?

-- William (Bill) Crozier, Winona

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Voter fraud in NOT a problem. This is s… 55430

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voter fraud in NOT a problem. This is simply the right wing trying to take votes away from the poor elderly and minorities.

What personal experiences guide you?

My just received a letter from Ramsey county stating he could not vote as he didn't live in Ramsey county anymore. He moved to Scotland. I was shocked at the information that required. They wanted emails and phone numbers and they were not marked optional.

What else should we know about the issue?

GOP wants it, dems don't. I keep hearing about poll taxing again.

-- Cherie Cullum, Brooklyn Center

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It's a republican tactic to disenfranchi… 55118

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It's a Republican tactic to disenfranchise voters who normally vote democratic.

What personal experiences guide you?

Nothing personal, only history of voter intimatation.

-- Nancy Dahl

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Because I believe there isn't a problem … 55412

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Because I believe there isn't a problem with voter fraud. I also believe that this will disenfrancise alot of the poor, old, and minorities.

What personal experiences guide you?

None really.

What else should we know about the issue?

I believe there is an unstated policy within the Republican party to disenfrancise the poor and minority communities that vote mainly Democratic.

-- Charles Davis, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

It is restricting the rights of people t… 55709

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is restricting the rights of people to vote.

-- Candy Deal, Bovey

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1) According to the U of M School of Pub… 55408

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. 1) According to the U of M School of Public Affairs, the cost of implementing the new rules for Voter ID requirement during the first year will cost between 33 and 66 million dollars of taxpayer money in order to implement, above and beyond current election costs. To me, the scope of the voter fraud problem doesn't appear to be anywhere near severe enough to justify that kind of cost. 2) It is doubtful that any of the recent cases of voter fraud that have come to light would have been prevented if this law had been in effect when the fraud occurred. 3) On principal, since voters are part of what checks a government's power, it doesn't follow that they should require a government-issued ID, because that makes it possible for government to prevent voters from checking it's power through denial of ID issuance. We may all feel we can trust that the government won't deny us an ID today or even for the foreseeable future, but in my view, the possibility of it doing so is more offensive than the possibility of someone voting who has no business doing so. 4) I believe that it's too likely that more people will be disenfranchised than fraudulently cast ballots prevented, which effectively replaces a problem (the scope of which is unknown) with a larger one (the scope of which will quickly become clear). I'm no expert problem-solver, but I'm pretty sure that's not how you fix things.

What personal experiences guide you?

All I can draw on is my very experiences voting in Minnesota, since I have been 18. I have always felt trusted by my community when voting. I have also been struck by how easy it is to vote. Unlike proponents of the voter ID amendment, I'm impressed and empowered by that ease, not dismayed and fearful.

-- Matthew Delfino, Minneapolis

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I think the photo ID initiative is an ef… 55424

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think the photo ID initiative is an effort to prevent certain citizens from voting because demographically the people who would be affected by this would most likely, as a whole, vote in a certain way. Rather than insuring accurate and fair voting it is an effort to suppress voting. The current requirements are enough to prevent any sort of widespread voter fraud.

What else should we know about the issue?

It's mostly a non issue.

-- Joe Dorweiler, Edina

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

It's silly governmental waste to spend t… 55060

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It's silly governmental waste to spend tens of millions of our hard-earned dollars to not "fix" a problem that is one, in most instances, of rehabilitated felons who incorrectly thought they could legally vote. And photo IDs are easy to forge...it's last century's "gold standard" in identification.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have seen a war veteran who got a felony conviction in his wild and woolly days after the war. He endured years of shame when he couldn't vote, and then was almost too stressed to go to the polls after his rights were restored for fear there would be questioning of his right to vote.

What else should we know about the issue?

It's being played out as "the illegals are trying to overtake our government." Really??!!

-- Karen Duncan, Owatonna

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I think this amendment is transparently … 55417

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think this amendment is transparently an attempt to suppress voting among groups which typically vote for Democrats. I've seen some cynical and disingenuous political maneuvers in my fifty years of life, but this nationwide drive for voter ID takes the cake.

What personal experiences guide you?

I don't know if personal experiences have been so decisive with this issue. I have served as an election judge and have seen with what seriousness people perform the activity of voting, and that experience adds to my skepticism that there is much (or any) "voter fraud" going on. But really, just reading the misleading language of the ballot question and hearing how Amendment supporters in the legislature dance around questions of implementation reveals what a partisan exercise this is.

-- Todd Eddy

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Slippery slope, next we will have to own… 55447

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Slippery slope, next we will have to own property, than be male, than be white. Seems we are going backwards.

What personal experiences guide you?

Listening to MPR, get both sides and make an informed decision.

-- Jake Ehlers

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1. Too many people will be disenfranchis… 55118

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. 1. Too many people will be disenfranchised by this adementment. 2. There is virtually no fraud caused by id fasification. 3. It is costly to implement.

What personal experiences guide you?

My wife has been an election judge for many years and has lots of experience with the voting system.

-- Robin Ehrlich, Mendota Heights

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I think the idea that there is substanti… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think the idea that there is substantial voter fraud in Minnesota is baseless. By contrast, I think the effect of the amendment will be to suppress voter turnout and effectively disenfranchise as substantial piece of the electorate.

What personal experiences guide you?

I moved to Minnesota from Texas more than 20 years ago, one of the qualities about this state that I most value is that it is consistently among the highest voter turnout states in the country.

-- Scott Elkins

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I don't think it is that big of a deal t… 55419

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Undecided. I don't think it is that big of a deal to have to bring an ID to the polling place. It's difficult to do anything else without it so you probably have one. So, the question, for myself is how big of an issue is voter fraud currently versus how big of an issue voter intimidation could potentially be. I don't know. I don't like the possibility of potential voter intimidation but I think the probability is low. On the other hand I don't know how much voter fraud is occurring. I haven't heard about any widespread cases of voter fraud due to misrepresenting one's identity or eligibility to vote. So, my undecided is leaning towards NO

-- Chris Erickson

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Many elderly, poor, and mobile citizens … 55075

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Many elderly, poor, and mobile citizens (students and military) will be excluded from voting or find it more difficult to vote. Too many important details are left out of the amendment, and changes are unclear. I don't think the constitution should be amended by 51% of the people in a way that takes away rights from anyone. Voting is a basic right, and we should make it easier, not harder. Finally, claims of voter fraud are unsubstantiated.

What personal experiences guide you?

I work as a Lutheran pastor with many elderly and poor, and I have pledged my life to speak up for and protect the rights of the vulnerable among us. I know elderly who do not have birth certificates and for whom the barriers placed by this amendment would keep them from voting.

What else should we know about the issue?

It seems that the more people know about this, the less likely they are to support it.

-- Paul Erickson, South Saint Paul

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There has never been a problem with this… 56484

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There has never been a problem with this, why do we feel we are impelled to "fix" it? I see no reason to pass unnecessary legislation or rules. This requirement will work to the detriment of too many people and deprive them of the right to vote. That is just plain un-American.

What personal experiences guide you?

My mother has been an election judge in Minnesota for nearly 50 years. She takes her job seriously, and so have all those that she has ever worked with. To say that this amendment is necessary is to declare her, and those like her, incompetent. The electorate is smarter than that, and so are the election officials. Our rules work. We don't need it.

What else should we know about the issue?

Those that are indicating their intention to vote yes appear to be among the least aware in this community.

-- Deborah Farrell, Walker

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The amendment aims to disenfranchise stu… 55082

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The amendment aims to disenfranchise students, old people, and poor people in order to reduce votes for Democratic candidates. It does nothing to solve the problem of probationary felons voting. It makes voting harder for soldiers and for people who have recently moved. It increases costs for taxpayers for real payoff.

What personal experiences guide you?

Reading about organized voter suppression in Florida and Ohio.

What else should we know about the issue?

This is a last-gasp effort by dysphoric folks who believe only "quality people" should be allowed to vote, people with skin and religious values like their own.

-- Paul Farseth, Grant

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There is not enough evidence that there … 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is not enough evidence that there is truly a voter fraud problem in MN, to justify amending the Constitution in a way that will disenfranchise so many; the elderly, college-aged, handicapped, for eg. It looks like a deliberate, shameful ploy by Republicans to block as many liberals from voting as possible.

Moreover, it does not go far enough to accept other IDs such as veteran's ID cards, social security cards with a utility bill at the proper address, or student IDs at a time when only 1/2 of young students have a driver's license. It's a waste of taxpayer money and a transparent power play by the rightwing, for the rightwing; and for that reason alone it doesn't deserve public funding. It's just not fair.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have been caught between addresses at election time, waiting on a new driver's license to come in the mail,and glad to be able to show I live here with utility bills.

My daughter is in college and working , butvdoes not drive. She has a new address. I sincerely doubt anyone has informed her where to vote, and her State ID has an incorrect address. Will she be able to vote?

Will the state also adequately fund efforts to compensate for the limitations this imposes? I doubt it. The outreach cost would be considered too much--although I would be willing to bet that the original projected cost of $6 million to implement this was an underestimate.

Based on the last senate election, the Republicans are willing to invent an appearance of fraud first, and rack up huge debt to contest an election--not considering the costs. I think they're doing the same thing here--but with the public's money.

They don't care about disenfranchising anyone, since they don't think it's their own folk' votes they'll be losing. They want the public to fund their agenda; again, it's just not fair.

What else should we know about the issue?

The last time there was a big issue that affected my neighborhood, my councilperson said he didn't think it was an issue for the elderly because they hadn't emailed him!!

I pointed out that many elderly (not to mention the poor) don't have regular email access or a habit of contacting their representatives in any way or form; yet he is still charged with fairly representing them in his position. I fear that the very same folks affected here are not able to speak up on their own behalf in a way that really reflects their large numbers; they will be ignored.

-- Laura Frykman, Minneapolis

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I believe it makes it harder for a certa… 55403

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I believe it makes it harder for a certain group of voters (poor, elderly, those unable to drive, etc.) to get to the voting booth. The argument that "I need a photo id to use a credit card... what's the difference?" doesn't stand up. The realities of life are just different for some people. If someone doesn't have an id, they've probably had some hard times along the way - and kudos to them for getting to the voting booth. Many others who have all the identification in the world don't make that effort.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have no personal connection. I just read and listen.

-- Brianna G., Minneapolis

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There are a number of reasons: 1.… 55344

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There are a number of reasons: 1. I don't think the cost to the state is justified. 2. It provides an additional barrier to voting, especially for populations with little voice already. 3. Does not really accomplish anything regarding securing the vote, we already have identity theft and fake ID's. 4. Our goal as a society should be to maximize voter turn-out, and this proposition actually hinders that goal, rather than further it.

What personal experiences guide you?

I know of people whom this would present a voting hardship. Not only do they need to get out to vote, they need to get out to get a photo ID.

What else should we know about the issue?

I think this issue is not getting the attention it deserves, and will get drowned out by the other election coverage.

-- Stacy Gahlon, Eden Prairie

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As an election judge for most of the pri… 55364

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. As an election judge for most of the primary and general elections over the last eight years, I see this amendment as a solution in search of a problem.

There is no voter fraud problem in Minnesota; at least the proponents of the amendment have not produced any evidence demonstrating such a problem. At most, there is anecdotal evidence of some felons voting before their voting rights have been restored. But this situation, which appears to be neither systematic nor threatening to the integrity of our election process, is better handled through probation programs, i.e., informing felons they cannot vote until their rights have been restored. The absence of evidence supportering widespread voter fraud is more indicative of an effort by extreme elements in our society to discourage and, ultimately, to disenfranchise large numbers of citizens who tend to oppose their right-wing agenda.

I am very concerned about the effect this amendment would have on the elderly, the impoverished and those of color. At risk of sounding conspiratorial, I do view the voter ID amendment in Minnesota as part of a broader national effort to reduce turnout among those parts of our society who are most vulnerable and, therefore, deserve encouragement rather than discouragement, from participating in our representative democracy.

I also oppose the amendment for political/constitutional reasons. I could (and probably should) write an essay on this. In short, the Federal and state constitutions in the U.S. provide a basic framework for the orginization of our governments and for the protection -- not the limitation -- of indivdual freedoms. As such, constitutions should be sparingly amended.

Even assuming, arguendo, there is evidence of widespread voter fraud, this would be a problem better solved through the legislative process by statutory amendment. The fact that the conservative elements in our state and elsewhere have failed to achieve their objective through the legislative process is the only reason why this amendment -- and others like it -- have been proposed. I am also very concerned that the mechanisim or process for implementing the proposed amendment is not addressed. Moreover, the propoents of this this amendment have likewise failed to adress the fiscal costs of implementing this amendment were it to be adopted.

Simply put, I remain unconvinced that the needs of Minnesota citizens requires amendment of Minnesota's Constitution in this way.

What personal experiences guide you?

First and foremost, my vote is informed by my undersgraduate study of history and political philosophy as well as my study of constitutional law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

My vote is also informed by my experience as an election judge over the last six years; I have yet to witness any indication of voter fraud. When folks have shown up to vote in the wrong precinct, all have been uniformly embarrassed and appologetic; they are simply doing their best to perform their civic duty, and have been grateful to receive directions to the polling place in the precinct where they actually reside. Finally, my vote is also informed by my experience in public policy at the national and local government levels; during the 1980's, I spend seven years working in the U.S. Congress and I have been a member of my community's Planning Commission over the last six years.

What else should we know about the issue?

Geographically, I live in a community of that is arguably better educated than most, or at the very least have had educational opportunities in their lives that are likely superior to the residents of other geographical communities in Minnesota.

But I fear that this amendment will garner a substantial majority of voters in my geographical community because of their relative affluence, inattention to the social and economic consequences issue, and indifference to the rights of others.

-- Tom Geng, Shorewood

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Unless they allow this form of id to be … 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Unless they allow this form of id to be both a) free and b) able to be obtained in a way that doesn't require transportation for the elderly or poor, this would be a poll tax.

-- Maria Ghassemlou, Minneapolis

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This proposed amendment is unnecessary, … 55347

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This proposed amendment is unnecessary, much like the marriage amendment. They both aim to correct a non-existent problem. Currently, identification IS required to vote.

This amendment would make it more difficult to vote. Proponents of the amendment claim it will curb voter fraud, but there is no voter fraud problem in Minnesota. So it won't accomplish what they claim it will. What will it accomplish? It will disenfranchise thousands upon thousands of Minnesota residents. While the bill provides for "free ID" it does not take into account the costs/difficulty with getting to a government center to receive that identification. Additionally, this proposed amendment will cause trouble with absentee ballots, and early voting.

Students will be among the largest group of disenfranchised voters, since the majority of students live away from their listed home address during election time. Add to that the list of people who will have moved, etc, and you are seeing a larger and larger population of young voters who are now unable to vote.

I've heard people argue with me, saying that those people just need to be active and get their licenses fixed or changed prior to the election. They also emphatically state that the yellow papers you are given with your replaced, clipped ID card will be accepted at poll places. Interesting, because I've often had those same papers refused as ID at bars, airports, and other high security places. Additionally, you're putting your right to vote in the hands of someone who is a volunteer, and that person determines if your ID is acceptable. They can turn you away on the basis of anything with this amendment.

We do not want to disenfranchise the younger voters. Not for anything so small and silly as party lines or left versus right, but for the plain fact that we are leaving this country in THEIR hands. This is going to be THEIR country, and the policy decisions and elected officials we choose now will affect their adulthoods and their children more than they will affect us. It's dishonest to exclude them.

I reiterate my main point: this is an unwarranted and unnecessary amendment. It's expensive, it's "solving" a problem that does not exist, and it's damaging to our future as Minnesotans. Please, please do not vote for this amendment.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've had my papers refused when I moved back home after living in Chicago for 3 years. I've been told my photo on my ID doesn't look enough like me after I dyed my hair. I've been refused service at bars for not having what that particular bouncer decided was valid ID.

What else should we know about the issue?

People think this is a good idea because on its face, it seems innocuous. "Why, of course you should have to identify yourself to vote," they think. You already do, though. You have to sign your name. You have to be registered, or register at the polling place. You have to affirm you are who you say you are, and be vouched for by a neighbor or community worker if you have no ID.

The Constitution of MN is not meant to be amended to LIMIT rights. It's meant to be amended to expand rights that our predecessors didn't think we would need. This is flying in the face of politics, honor, and history.

-- Molly Glover, Eden Prairie

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The question has not been thought throug… 55327

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The question has not been thought through. Most of the debate now focuses on that deficiency. There is no implementation plan. There is no funding for this mandate identified. There is no evidence it's even needed. I do give credence to the view that this is a partisan attempt to bias the election in their favor by suppressing opposition voting, but that's nothing new.

What personal experiences guide you?

Any time someone says something is clearly obvious and won't affect the right to vote, I get worried. The discussion shows it's not clearly obvious, and I when I view the partisan divide I think that it WILL affect the right to vote. Political parties have used this kind of manipulation before, from redistricting to campaign reform to poll taxes.

What else should we know about the issue?

There has been no discussion at all, only punditry. A discussion involves listening as well as talking, and there has been precious little listening on the part of our lawmakers.

-- Phill Goldman, Dayton

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The proposal seems like a scheme or game… 55104

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The proposal seems like a scheme or game to create voting obatacles. I think the writers of it know this. They've gamed it out. They know the groups most affected will be seniors, college students, apt renters and non-driving urbanites.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've worked as a demographer and market researcher. I know a market segmentation strategy when I see it.

-- Todd Graham, St Paul

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Quite simple it will take away the right… 55387

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Quite simple it will take away the right to vote for many people, seniors, disabled, students, etc. There is no problem with our system now that has been proven. Plus, the amount of money it will cost is a waste of money.......so many other pressing needs in the state. This is simple politics, not solving a problem, as one does not exist.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have attempted to help a handicapped person get an id, after she could no longer drive. It was a huge hassle......outside of the metro, transportation for handicapped is not very accessible. Plus it is costly to use, thus causing a financial challenge to anyone needing to use that service. Thus they would be paying to access a right guaranteed by the constitution. Just not right.

-- Brenda Grams, Waconia

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I need to understand why we would need t… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Undecided. I need to understand why we would need to provide PHOTO id to vote now and how would this impact people who are not able to get out easily and to pay for Photo ID? If this in any way impacts seniors who have transportation issues then I would vote NO. I do not want to see this impact a portion of the population who does not have this photo ID. Why are they now requiring Photo ID - what is the purpose. I am not going to answer this question until I know the reasonable and logistical reason for the requirement, if it has previously not been required.

What personal experiences guide you?

What else should we know about the issue?

We need both sides of the issue in detail in the community so people can make an informed choice about how to vote for it.

-- Susan Greer, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

There is no evidence of voter fraud. Thi… 55337

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is no evidence of voter fraud. This amendment is an ALEC initiative that aims to suppress the voters who usually vote for progressive values and candidates - the poor, students, & people of color. If this were to pass it would eliminate absentee balloting and same day registration. It would also cost municipalities across MN millions of dollars collectively, to implement

-- Nancy Hall

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The amendment has no details about how i… 56082

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The amendment has no details about how it will be implemented. Specifics must come in the form of legislation during a following session. What if no legislation passes? What if it passes and is vetoed? We would have a stipulation in the constitution which could not be carried out. There will be costs to local units of government. Who will pay?

What personal experiences guide you?

I served as a county commissioner for 16 years. During the years that I was not on the ballot, I served as an election judge.

-- Judy Hanson, St. Peter

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I have no issue with this basic requirem… 55359

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I have no issue with this basic requirement for voting, despite concerns about so-called 'disenfranchisement.'

What personal experiences guide you?

I listened to a liberal democrat friend describe how she had vouched for two Latino residents of her apartment building, despite the fact she had no direct knowledge of their eligibility to vote. BTW, this was in St Paul, about 2004.

-- Jim Hanson, Maple Plain

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why should we not have to show id when v… 55418

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Undecided. why should we not have to show id when voting -- but the id must be valid and the State should provide ID if Drivers license is not useable.

-- Marcie Harrison, Minneapolis

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From what I have read, voter ID fraud oc… 55369

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. From what I have read, voter ID fraud occurs at a miniscule rate across the state and country. I find it frustrating that members of our government have spent so much time, money, and effort on this issue instead of working to find compromise on the biggest problems.

What personal experiences guide you?

I saw my grandparents as they aged and lost mobility and I think it would have been hard for them to get a government ID, even if it was offered for free. If voter fraud was occuring at a high rate then requiring a state-issued voter ID might be a good solution, but right now there is not enough voter fraud to warrant the change. The end effect will limit certain groups from voting. Voting is the foundation of our country any any limits should be driven by a true need and be given serious consideration before being imposed.

-- Julie Hart, Maple Grove

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I think this is a trumped up issue where… 55447

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think this is a trumped up issue where no true issue exists. We should be spending time and energy encouraging voting not figuring out how to block this. Right now my two college age kids and my 84 year old mother do not have a valid ID with the location they actually live at--my kids are still moving every 6-9 months and my mother is in assisted living. Why would you potentially marginalize these people from voting. If someone wants to cheat to vote I know plenty of college students who can direct them to a fake ID with anything they want on it.

What personal experiences guide you?

The duty to be an informed voter and to excersise that duty has been instilled in me from a young age. I want to pass that on to my kids.

-- Michelle Hayden, Plymouth

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Voting is our most precious right in a d… 55082

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voting is our most precious right in a democracy. And voter fraud is just not a problem, the numbers over the last 10 years across the USA are miniscule. While voter id sounds simple enough, people don't seem to understand that getting an id isn't easy for everyone ... i.e. incomplete or inaccessible birth records, time, transportation, cost, distance, accessiblity, etc. These voter id laws are being pushed by the GOP with the intent (some have said as much) of disenfranchising the poor, elderly, and immigrants who are more like to vote Dem.

What personal experiences guide you?

I work for a nonprofit in the human/social service arena.

-- Janice Hayne, Stillwater

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There has never been a case of voter fra… 55940

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There has never been a case of voter fraud in MN using the rules that are currently in place. This is strictly an attempt by the Republicans to make it more difficult for minorities to vote. I also believe it is too easy to get an amendment added to the MN constitution when legislation is more appropriate.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've seen racial bias first-hand and I was raised by open-minded parents to do whatever I can to stop it.

-- Lisa Heggedahl, Hayfield

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Now I usually present my Minnesota non-d… 55102

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Now I usually present my Minnesota non-driver's ID and state my name when I vote. To require a valid photo ID sounds like a way to eliminate citizens who should be able to vote. How would last minute registrations or last minute lost ID cases be handled? If there were thousands of illegal votes cast, there might be a case, but are there?

What personal experiences guide you?

I have voted in the same place for 40 years and usually know some of the othere voters or volunteers doing the registering, etc. There have never been any complications, and usually my ID is looked at when I present it.

What else should we know about the issue?

Most signs are for the Saint Paul Public Schools funding, and against the marriage amendment. In my neighborhood I can think of only one sign for voter ID, so that is 100% in favor of voter ID!

-- Marlin Heise, Saint Paul

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Two things immediately pop into my head … 55416

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Two things immediately pop into my head when considering this question. The first is that, at no time in my life have we ever made it more difficult for American citizens to vote. I truly believe it is one of the great things about America and if we decide to make it harder for anyone to vote, we chipping away at what it means to be an American. The second thing that pops into my head are folks like my Mother-in-Law. Thankfully, she is still mobile enough to have a family member take her to the polls every November, but I worry that as her health deteriorates, those chances decrease and soon she will have to vote using an absentee ballot and anything that makes a process more difficult is unfair to her and frankly, to those who will have to do the leg-work to make sure she gets an ID.

What personal experiences guide you?

See above.

What else should we know about the issue?

I see more and more articles and news stories talking about the harm this amendment can do, but I worry that not enough folks know the real consequences of this amendment.

-- Tim Hellendrung, St Louis Park

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Having worked both get out the vote and … 55104

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Having worked both get out the vote and an election judge. The idea that some group is trying to bring in eligible voters is rare at best. In addition there are many young and old that do not have proper ID, yet are eligible. Requiring voter id when a problem does not exist seems to push us back toward voting only by land owners.

What personal experiences guide you?

I voted for years as a student and young adult without ever having a current ID with my current address. I would not have been able to vote and likely would have never stayed so involved in my duty as a citizen. I think that we overlook the fact that if a young college student is unable to vote, they may never vote in the future.

What else should we know about the issue?

Many people don't seem to understand the gravity of what we might be giving up as a state by approving this amendment.

-- Michael Herrmann, St. Paul

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1) This is not a matter for the State Co… 55104

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. 1) This is not a matter for the State Constitution. Prevention of voter fraud should be handled by passing laws, not by carving partisan goals into our legal foundations. 2) There is no evidence of a problem that needs to be solved. 3) This is clearly part of a nation-wide attack against voting rights.

What personal experiences guide you?

Simple answer: I've been paying attention.

What else should we know about the issue?

This amendment is part of a partisan, nation-wide effort. Other initiatives include purging voter roles, obfuscating the ballot, restricting early voting, and requiring Photo ID by law. These efforts are being challenged in the courts and, more often than not, are failing. In Minnesota, the use of a constitutional amendment is intended to bypass the discretion of the Governor (a veto) and the authority of state courts. It is a means of nailing Minnesota's figurative foot to the floor.

-- Christopher Hertel, Saint Paul

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It's a solution to a nonexistent problem… 55116

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It's a solution to a nonexistent problem. Voter fraud is not a problem in Minnesota, nor has it ever been. Minnesota has been a national leader in that its laws and procedures encourage and foster voter turnout. It's obvious that, since Republicans can't win at the ballot box, they've backed this measure to suppress voting by people who tend to vote Democratic. It's one more attempt to divide and alienate by the cynical Republican party.

What personal experiences guide you?

Moving to Minnesota from California, and seeing long lines at the polls, election after election, as Minnesotans took seriously their right to have a say in the election of officials and the determination of Minnesota law and policy.

What else should we know about the issue?

Really haven't heard much discussion about it - I think people are resigned to it, which is too bad. The state has missed an opportunity to discuss and debate this.

-- Patrick Hirigoyen, Saint Paul

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I think the amendment was put on the bal… 55414

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think the amendment was put on the ballot by the Republican party as a smoke screen to address a problem that doesn't exist. It looks good at first blush, and it may help get out some of their people. They have a weak state wide candidate running against Amy, and their thinking may be that this will help with turnout.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've been involved in state rep races and in DFL politics. Voter fraud has not been a problem.

What else should we know about the issue?

In my particular neighborhood and legislative district it will go down to defeat I believe.

-- Arthur Hogenson, Minneapolis

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Because it is very obviously a ploy to c… 55364

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Because it is very obviously a ploy to cut out certain demographics of voters. Also, what if I lost my i.d. even just on the way to the polls? It's baloney! A farce. I should hope Minnesotans have more integrity than that.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have seen political coverage from other states that have passed similar amendments and it gave me an understanding of who is asking for these laws to come into place. Furthermore, I believe that if we are citizens, then voting is a right; that we enter into a fascist state when the people lose their voices in the process of law. And it seems the only true voice we have left is our vote.

What else should we know about the issue?

Seems to me the vote yes signs are only in tight knit conservative circles and outside of huge mansions. Ridiculous. We have rural open space out here and then these little pockets of random subsidized housing and super-suburb aesthetics and the vote yes-ers are pretty localized to those clusters.

-- Nick Horowitz, Minnetrista

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In-person voter fraud is not a problem. … 55417

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. In-person voter fraud is not a problem. Voter ID is an attempt to make it harder for liberal-leaning voters to vote, nothing more.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've voted in just about every election since I turned 18. I've never seen fraud anywhere. Nor have I ever heard of many legitimate in-person voter fraud stories, and certainly I've never experience anything remotely like the mythical "bus full of brown people" stories that voter ID proponents like to push.

What else should we know about the issue?

N/A

-- Nathan Hunstad, Minneapolis

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I think this is an attack on democracy. … 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think this is an attack on democracy. The more unreasonable barriers we raise to voting, the more we harm our nation. While some supporters of the ballot question may genuinly be concerned about the level of trust and ease we have in our current system, I do feel some have advocated for it because it will reduce turnout. That is shameful and undemocratic.

What personal experiences guide you?

None in particular come to mind. While I may not like how ever election turns out, I believe it is our fundamental right as Americans that every eligible person gets to vote, without hassle. I believe there is also value to the notion that our constitution should be used to provide citizens rights, not restrict them.

What else should we know about the issue?

There are some yard signs opposing the amendment. I have seen none in support, but I live in a liberal neighborhood. I get the impression that many people have not really thought through the potential ramifications of this change.

-- Jon Hunter, Minneapolis

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It's a solution in search of a problem.… 56433

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It's a solution in search of a problem.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am a member of the League of Women Voters and have read LWV's position on the issue. As a former newspaper editor, I also think of have a deep understanding of the politics that are behind this vote.

What else should we know about the issue?

The debate follows party lines: Republicans for; DFLers opposed.

-- Lu Ann Hurd-Lof, Akeley

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The right to vote is not a universal rig… 55129

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. The right to vote is not a universal right to all individuals who can get to the polls. It is a right afforded to rightful citizens who meet certain basic requirements. As we have seen many times, including in the Coleman/Franken recount, every vote matters. We need to protect the integrity of every vote. Failing to check voter eligibility would be akin to letting employees get a job without having to prove eligibility to work in the U.S.. That requirement--to prove one's eligibility to work--is protected by law.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am a U.S. citizen who believes that corrupted and misguided politicians have led us astray. We need to stand firm for what is right and think for ourselves, rather than letting partisan politics guide us. Common sense should tell us that voter eligibility is important to check, but politicians will spin this to be a partisan issue. Baloney. If it benefits one party more than the other, so be it. What's right is right.

-- Dan Huse, Woodbury

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I am actually nt eligible to vote as a n… 55407

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I am actually nt eligible to vote as a non-US citizen who has been living in MN for the last four years. If I could vote, I would vote no for many reasons. Anything that makes it harder for marginalized groups of citizens to vote is not a good idea. This impacts so many of our communities: African-American folks, Latino folks, Somali folks and other immigrant groups. This also impacts one of my communities that often people don't think about in the context of this amendment: the transgender communities. If you want to know more, please see this link: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/transgender-issues/the-potential-impact-of-voter-identification-laws-on-transgender-voters/ Minnesota is one of the few states where the rights of trans folks are recognized and protected. It would be shameful to impact that legacy.

-- Alex Iantaffi, Minneapolis

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This is so blown out of proportion by on… 55305

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. This is so blown out of proportion by one side it's ridiculous. You need an ID to drive, Buy Liquor, Buy a Gun, in some cases get into your place of business. Voting is a Privilege and isn't just open to anyone walking by. To think any different is to not take serious the Right to Vote. Those that have been crying for the last 4 months about not having an ID to vote...well, they are either too stupid to get one or too lazy. It is no ones fault but their own that they remain in the space they are at...there are plenty of groups out there that are willing to help these people get IDs as well. There is NO excuse.

What personal experiences guide you?

It would only make sense that something as important as driving, voting, buying adult goods would require IDENTIFICATION. This isn't an Anarchist Society...yet. Give it 2 more years.

What else should we know about the issue?

Everyone I know thinks this is the biggest waste or time and energy...if all these Groups & Organizations that are protesting this law, instead helped those that do not have ID get an ID...this would be a NON-ISSUE. The Media is truly to blame as it just flames the issue instead of spelling out the obvious solutions..but then again, there isn't much of a story without a irrelevant over-dramatic non-issue to hype.

-- Jake Jacobson, Minnetonka

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The primary reason I will vote no is bec… 55125

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The primary reason I will vote no is because this is a legislative issue, not a constitutional issue. It was only considered a constitutional measure in response to the governor's veto. This strike me as a bad precedent: should the legislature amend the constitution every time a governor checks their efforts? While I appreciate the appeal of voter ID, I believe the disparate demographic impact makes it a bad policy and a bad choice for democracy. But even if I supported voter ID, I would be obliged to oppose the amendment because of the procedural precedent.

-- Jeremy Jenkins, Woodbury

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The kinds of voter fraud this amendment … 55410

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The kinds of voter fraud this amendment would reduce are actually extremely rare. Even if not, amending the Constitution is not the way to solve it; legislation is. But since the chance won't actually reduce any actual voter fraud, it is instead an expensive measure to implement, costing tax dollars we can't afford to spare. Moreover, it's patently obvious this is simply a ploy by Republicans to reduce the number of voters who tend to vote Democratic. That's both bad for freedom and a bad precedent for any political party.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have friends who have been long time election judges. I've researched the issue. Showing a photo ID would not be a problem for me, but I can see how it causes problems for others and costs the state money.

What else should we know about the issue?

I am unsure how the majority feels. Many who would vote yes are clearly ignorant of all the facts, and are making a biased, prejudicial decision.

-- Chris Johnson

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I think it would be good for someone to … 55419

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think it would be good for someone to have to show an ID to vote to make sure they are the person who is voting. However, I do not think such a requirement is constitutional. Therefore, the law will be challenged, and it will cost the state a lot to defend the law if it is passed. Ultimately, the Supreme Court will find it unconstitutional and it will be wiped off the books. So why not circumvent all of that by voting no?

What personal experiences guide you?

When I first voted I thought it was very change that noone checked to see if I really was who I said I was. It was unsettling.

-- Allison Johnson, Minneapolis

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I think it would be good for someone to … 55419

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think it would be good for someone to have to show an ID to vote to make sure they are the person who is voting. However, I do not think such a requirement is constitutional. Therefore, the law will be challenged, and it will cost the state a lot to defend the law if it is passed. Ultimately, the Supreme Court will find it unconstitutional and it will be wiped off the books. So why not circumvent all of that by voting no?

What personal experiences guide you?

When I first voted I thought it was very change that noone checked to see if I really was who I said I was. It was unsettling.

-- Allison Johnson, Minneapolis

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First, this is a matter of law, not MN C… 55127

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. First, this is a matter of law, not MN Constitution. The Constitution provides a broad framework for gov't. A specific issue doesn't belong there. Second, voter fraud is negligible in MN, counter to what "the opposition" would have us believe (see next question). Third, it would disenfranchise major segments of the population. Fourth, it would be a major expansion of gov't operations. A whole new bureaucracy to issue and administer new forms of ID. Fifth, it assumes that an awful lot of Minnesotans are election scoundrels. Who would want to think LESS of our citizens!? Do "they" think I as an Election Judge are disghonest?

What personal experiences guide you?

I serve as an election judge. I know, have seen, have been part of election law enforcement. I know about all the work that goes into making the voter roll correct. We judges do our work with diligence. Also!!! Records are checked after the election. One "problem" is felons who vote. Problem in quotes because it doesn't happen very often and because the issue is voting while disenfranchised, not, shall we say, stuffing the ballot box.

What else should we know about the issue?

How the voter rolls are verified. The election folk scour a wide variety of databases to ensure that voters show the correct address, are still alive, aren't felons on parole. The rolls alsw show who voted absentee. If the general public was aware of all that goes into keeping records "clean," they wouldn't worry about fraud.

-- Bill Jolitz, North Oaks

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It is a terrible idea and needs to be re… 56716

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is a terrible idea and needs to be rejected

What personal experiences guide you?

Family members and friends could lose theirRight to Vote

What else should we know about the issue?

Why after 226 years of expanding voting Should we now begin to decrease voting Rights?

-- Tom Jorgens, Crookston

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I think it is difficult to see this as a… 56601

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think it is difficult to see this as anything other than a Republican ploy to keep old people, diasabled and poor people from voting. All reports I have heard indicate that there is no problem with voter fraud in Minnesota and I called the Auditor's office in Beltrami County and they assured me we have no problem in our area. We need to encourage people to vote not the opposite.

What personal experiences guide you?

My mother is 93 and has not had a valid driver's license since 2005. She has a bank account, is known everywhere she shops and has had no reason to renew her license. It would not be that huge of a deal to renew her id, but it also is not going to contribute to voter fraud if we don't.

What else should we know about the issue?

In my community this has become a partisan issue. My Republican friends see no reason why everyone "simply" can't get an ID. Well, what if you can't find your birth certificate, I have no idea where my mother's is, but she has an expired dl so I think she can just renew it. There doesn't seem to be any empathy for those that might struggle to get an ID.

-- Don Josefson, Bemidji

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There is no need for this. It is a red h… 55101

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is no need for this. It is a red herring raised nationally by the far right to obscure real issues such as our bad wars, the inadequate way we fund education and health care and so on. In Minnesota, it's just an issue the state GOP raised as an excuse for Norm Coleman's loss.

What personal experiences guide you?

The issue harkens back to the day when you had to own property to be able to vote. It is just wrong. Everyone should be able to vote.

-- Karl Karlson, Saint Paul

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First, we have not been given any eviden… 56321

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. First, we have not been given any evidence that there is a problem with voter and voting integrity in Minnesota. This seems to be a non-problem in itself, but it could have effects of some real importance. "Valid photo identification" is not explained or clarified, on the one hand. And to "provide free identification" is a pretty silly expectation. IT WILL COST!!

What personal experiences guide you?

Not much. I am a simple citizen of Minnesota. I find most of my fellow Minnesotans to be honest and good people. Why should I begin to suspect them of dishonest voting practices? Nonsense. On the other hand, when I used to travel in Europe, I found that agents of Communist countries of Eastern Europe seemed to expect us to be lying and cheating. Do our Minnesota citizens fit that description? Nonsense.

What else should we know about the issue?

Gee, I'm really ignorant of this. Good luck!!

-- Roger Kasprick, Collegeville

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I am opposed to any political party taki… 55118

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I am opposed to any political party taking advantage of a temporary time in power (and all times in power are temporary) to change the constitution. I am opposed to using the constitution to deal with issues that should be dealt with through the legislative process.

What personal experiences guide you?

No specific instances. Just a philosophical approach to the constitution and the legislative process.

What else should we know about the issue?

How do people feel about the usurpation of the constitutional amendment process to serve political aims.

-- John Kemp, West St. Paul

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I am vehemently against this amendment b… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I am vehemently against this amendment because it will limit voting rights for many people. Minnesota has always prided itself in having the highest voter participation in the nation. Democracy at work! In the last election if this had been the rule, 3 of my family members would not have been able to vote; my elderly parents who did not drive and my 19 year old son who does not drive. Being wheelchair bound, many elderly are not capable of obtaining a state issued photo id. There is not a documented problem of voter fraud in MN. A few felons who were not sure about the date when they would be eligible again to vote, voted in error. A photo id required by this amendment would not fix this problem. This amendment and the marriage amendment have been pushed by republican legislators under the pressure of the national organization ALEC. It appears to be an effort to limit the vote of the elderly and those who change addresses often, young students and the poor.

What personal experiences guide you?

See above.

What else should we know about the issue?

This is a very divisive issue. There is not a problem of voter fraud in MN. It appears to be an attempt by one political party (Republicans) to limit the vote of people who tend to vote for Democrats.

-- Sarah Kise, Minneapolis

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It is a nonsolution to a false problem. … 55410

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is a nonsolution to a false problem. The issue was raised to suppress youth, senior, and minority voters.

What personal experiences guide you?

My kids are twentysomethings who move around a lot. While they always have viable drivers licenses, their addresses can get out of date over the course of a single year. Department of Motor Vehicle offices are becoming overwhelmed with people who need IDs for reasons unrelated to driving. Both of my kids addresses have changed in the last four months. I am concerned that their votes will become provisional on the basis of this pointless law.

What else should we know about the issue?

What debate?

-- Steve Klingaman, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

We do not have a voter fraud issue in th… 55041

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. We do not have a voter fraud issue in this state, nor this country--what we have is a lack of voter turnout. Other advanced western countries, as far as I know, make it easy for voter to turn out to vote. Minnesota in the past passed sensible laws that made it simpler to be registered to vote. We should even go further and make registration automatic. If MN and The US want to be known as democracies, then higher voter turnout is needed. When Norway's voter turnout dropped below 90% in the late 90s, then the government set down a commission to learn why. They were concerned. This should be our posture. Let us do that which enhances voter turnout and not create false claims about voter fraud. Let us not put barriers in the way of voters.

What personal experiences guide you?

Studied voter issues since 2000. Active with FairVoteMN (previously on their board) in advancing Ranked Choice Voting in Minnesota--and ultimately proportional representation. Advocated for RCV in front of Charter Commissions, City Councils, and community organization in the SE MN

What else should we know about the issue?

There has been no debate. We are being mislead to believe the amendment only pertains to voter ID, while in reality it will squash previous progress in voter convenience.

-- Dag Knudsen, Lake City

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

You register to vote in your precinct. P… 55110-3768

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. You register to vote in your precinct. Probably your MN Driver License, MN ID or Indian reservation ID are checked to verify who you say you are. When voting an election judge looks up your name in a list of all the registered voters in your precint. If your name and address aren't listed, you don't vote because you didn't register. No voter fraud has ever occured in MN, according to my knowledge, so why spend tax money to implement something not needed. The Civil Liberty Union had announced that they would give anyone $1000 whom could identify one occurence of voter fraud in MN. Nobody has come forward yet. Nineteen States have legislation for voter registration. Pennsylvania has already passed theres. Conservative Republicans want Voter ID to elimate lower income people whom usually vote for Democrats. They disguise themselves by saying they want to help the middle class while only favoring the rich. The total gross income of the very rich in the USA has been increasing while the middle class's has dwindled. The process to obtain a Voter ID can be very difficult... no car, disabled, poor, college student, military overseas. Voting is a right in the US. To burden the execution of this right should not be allowed.

What personal experiences guide you?

None! I just think it is unnessary.

-- james koenig, white bear lake

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The Constitution is designed to protect … 55436

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The Constitution is designed to protect the rights of minorities. The utilization of the Constitution to deprive people of rights enjoyed by other citizens by a bare majority is disheartening to say the least. I see it as a naked political power play being utilized to rally supporters of their candidates. It was not enough for them to legislate their beliefs into law they now want us to ignore the historical underpinings of that almost sacred document. To allow 50.1% of the citizens to deprive 49.9% of rights they enjoy is nothing less than political mischief in its basest form. Instead of taking care of the many real problems facing our state, they divert our attention with this. My hope is enough citizens remember their revlolutionary war history and resoundingly vote NO!

What personal experiences guide you?

I'm a member of a religious minority and value the protections the Constitution affords me. The idea that 50.1% of the people could amend the Constitution and take away my religious freedom is disgusting and contrary to everything I was taught the Constitution stood for.

What else should we know about the issue?

Orange vote No signs far outnumber the Yes signs. I have a Vote No on both amendments sign.

-- Les Kraus, Edina

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I have studied the actual legal language… 55387

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I have studied the actual legal language changes being proposed to our State Constitution and its very flawed and will have so many unintended consequences that would interfere with many citizen's ability to vote and have their vote counted. This language leaves absolutely no room for the legislature to grant exemptions for military, overseas, absentee, those who have expired DL. The amount of disenfranchised voters would be a greater fraud than the non-existent voter impersonation fraud that such language attempts to address.

The amount of provisional ballots would be overwhelming and the costs to taxpayers will be one of the largest unfunded mandates imposed with no evidence the change is needed. I looked at the reasons Governor vetoed and instead of addressing those concerns about exemptions, etc, the partisan GOP pushed it to the ballot with little consideration for what is right for Minnesota.

I believe the language, of passed, will also incur significant legal costs for all the court challenges that will likely result. Not to mention the challenges to the legislation yet to be written, passed and implemented by the July 1, 2013 constitutional deadline (of it passes). That would also suggest that the cost to implement would have to be in the proposed budgets of local governments THIS FALL!

What personal experiences guide you?

I have served as an election judge and I know the vetting process that occurs before any voter registration is validated to allow a voter name to show up in the pre-registered voter log. Those citizens should not have to pass any further test without evidence to back up a challenge.

For those who register at the polls, I believe photo ID (not necessarily govt issued, but govt approved) along with some proof of address is suffice since its under penalty.of felony if anyone votes that isn't eligible. I do think that vouching should ne limited to certain situations like nursing home, shelters, etc. I would propose an electronic poll book that captures all signatures and takes a photo of same day registrants. I would also like to see a system that cross references absentee ballots with in person ballots for students who ate in MM for school, but maintain DL in a different state.

What else should we know about the issue?

Way too many people think everyone has a valid ID and its no big deal.to have to show it at the polls. Not enough discussion and education about the reality of the proposed language versus the simple question on the ballot. I agree with SCJ Allen Page when he refers to this as bait and switch.

-- Leanne Kunze, Waconia

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I don't believe voter fraud is a problem… 55734

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I don't believe voter fraud is a problem in Minnesota. This requirement would keep elderly and poor voters from the polls.

What personal experiences guide you?

I live in a small community with a lot of elderly residents and know that many no longer drive and do not have MN ID cards.

What else should we know about the issue?

It is a party issue.

-- Diana Kuopus, Eveleth

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I think almost everyone has a photo id a… 55343

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I think almost everyone has a photo id already and if they don't, they should. Don't really see that getting one or having one is that big of a deal. Those with special needs could be accommodated.

-- Greg Kuyava, HOPKINS

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

Because it was a stupid ploy of the Repu… 55102

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Because it was a stupid ploy of the Republicans to both accommodate a T-Party agenda and decrease voter turnout which will in the long run benefit them.

What personal experiences guide you?

Never heard of voter fraud. Mostly because there is not any.

What else should we know about the issue?

Who is really behind this.

-- joe Landsberger, st paul

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Governor Dayton has explained the reason… 55431

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Governor Dayton has explained the reasons to reject this amendment well: It's attempting to "fix" a problem that does not exist in the way that its supporters claim. It will at best create confusion and disruption for thousands of poor, elderly, and other citizens who will have difficulty accessing necessary documentation (yet to be determined by the Legislature) and the required ID, even if it is "free" (i.e., provided at taxpayer expense). It will have unintended consequences and costs that any true "fiscal conservative" should blanche at. It short, it is unnecessary, it will harm citizens' rights, and it will cost the state and taxpayers unnecessary money!

What personal experiences guide you?

What else should we know about the issue?

-- Don Larsson, Bloomington

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I don't think there is any reason to hav… 56017

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I don't think there is any reason to have a photo I'd to vote. There has not been substantial evidence for voter fraud and I think it would disadvantage many voters. I also am concerned how much this would cost.

What personal experiences guide you?

What else should we know about the issue?

I try to be open-minded, but I truely have NO idea why anyone would support this thing.

-- Andi Lassiter, Cleveland

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I am an election judge, and have been fo… 55418

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I am an election judge, and have been for almost 15 years. MN is a leader in running fair, legal elections with a minimum of fraud. The checks and balances inherent in the system are extremely effective. This is an attempt to poiticize and issue that doesn't need to be, a solution in search of a problem, and a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters that tend to vote democratic.

What personal experiences guide you?

Again, I am an election judge with years of experience. Voter fraud is simply a non-existant problem, and the one issue we do have- people registered to vote who should not be, is not going to be solved by voter ID. we can already determine who is voting illegally and punish them.

What else should we know about the issue?

-- Kelley Leaf, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

It is taking rights away from a certain … 55331

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is taking rights away from a certain segment of society. It is not what amendments to our constitution is for. Amendments are for expanding rights. It will be too costly. There is no voter fraud in the State of Minnesota. I just found out that not only does it restrict seniors, handicapped, students, the military but prison guards, police officers have their work addresses on the photo id. This ploy on the part of T-Party Republicans is to lower the Democratic votes.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am an election judge. I am a democrat activist. I read the newspaper and listen to MPR for news and information.

What else should we know about the issue?

Most of my circle of friends are against the amendment.

-- Janice Leafer, Excelsior

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

Makes sense. Even though news reports s… 55116

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. Makes sense. Even though news reports shows the different. I need ID to cash a check, make a deposit, use my credit/debit card, enter many buildings and to take a airline flight. Everyone needs to ID when they vote.

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-- Raymond Lefto, St. Paul

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This is a misuse of the Constitution, in… 55416

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This is a misuse of the Constitution, in my view. I had always assumed that an ID was required to vote, and originally had mixed feelings on a law requiring it. But a Constitutional amendment? Come on.

What else should we know about the issue?

Why is this such a pressing issue? Hard facts, please.

-- Rob Ley, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

This not Rocket Science, we know that AL… 56511

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This not Rocket Science, we know that ALEC and other right-wing promotional groups, have advocated this as a means of influencing election out-comes by creating obstacles for groups of voters likely to vote democratic. Just look at states where these initiatives have been put in place. Also, putting restrictions on citizens rights in the constitution, is really offensive and a misuse of the constitution.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am a scientist, (M.A. degree in Entomology, and 39 yrs. experience teaching Biology) and I try to make decisions based on data. The "data" being suggested as the need for this initiative, (voter fraud), from what I have been able to determine, doesn't exist.

What else should we know about the issue?

Money is playing an inordinate role in this election. I believe that those individuals who don't really have the rational to support their positions, are trying to use their financial superiority to exaggerate their influence.

-- Bill Lipp, Audubon (Lake Maud)

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

It is a solution looking for a (non-exis… 55436

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is a solution looking for a (non-existent) problem. With miniscule, if any, evidence of voter fraud and bigger problems with LOW voter turnout, why pass a bill that adds discouragement to the voting process, and more expense besides?? This would also discourage students from participating in voting.

What personal experiences guide you?

I went to grad school in Chicago and the community around campus was actively canvassed by the "Machine" to discourage people from voting who might have a different point of view.

-- M. Listvan, Edina

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

It is a false issue. Our recent recounts… 55102

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is a false issue. Our recent recounts have shown we have fair elections.

What personal experiences guide you?

My mother,(now deceased),was not very portable,did not have a photo i.d. ,hated having her picture taken,voted in every election and was known by the election judges.It would have been a burden for her to get an i.d.and probably would have chosen to just not vote.

-- Brian Loney, Saint Paul

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

Because other forms of identification, l… 55071

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Because other forms of identification, like how it has been for a long time (utility bills, etc), has been sufficient enough in the past. I feel this strict voter ID law is a means to make it harder for voters to vote. The voter ID law will decrease voter turn-out. It is not necessary and a degradation to our progress in American society. The amendment was stemmed from the belief that a voter ID law would prevent voter fraud, but I have yet to see statistics that support this belief. Political leaders perpetuated the belief (for partisan reasons) that voter fraud is uncontrollable and on the rise but that is simply not the truth, in my honest opinion. Until it can be proven that voter fraud is even 10% of the cases of all the votes, then it would have my vote. But a "few" cases here and there is not enough to make a difference, should not be grounds for turning off 50% of the population from turning up to vote. When you make things harder then it needs to be, you are suppressing people.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have enough problems in my life as it is already, I don't need to jump through hoops just to retain my rights as a citizen, which is to vote.

What else should we know about the issue?

What are people's convictions for why they are voting for the voter ID amendment? Do they truly believe there is a problem? Do they really believe that the voter ID law will NOT decrease voter turn-out?

-- Kia Lor

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I believe that the voter ID requirement … 55804

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I believe that the voter ID requirement is a political scheme that is intended to inhibit millions of poor, young, elderly, and disabled people from voting.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've worked in home care. Many of my clients had strong political views, but had difficulty getting to the polls because they didn't have a ride, couldn't afford a ride, didn't know where to go, or have anyone to go with them, were too sick, etc. Requiring them to go to even greater lengths to vote, is an unfair violation of their voting rights.

-- Erin Lund, Duluth

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I feel it's a solution looking for a pro… 55316

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I feel it's a solution looking for a problem, voter fraud does not occur in Minnesota. I think there were 133 instances of voter fraud at the last election and it involved felons who didn't know they could not vote. My Republican friends claim that if it stops one illegal alien from voting it's worth it, at the expense of potentially thousands of minority and poor voters.

What personal experiences guide you?

I lived is South LA for a while and worked with Mexican/Americans. I feel that the angry older white male is looking at the recent migration of Latinos to Minnesota as a change they don't want.

-- Kirk Lundmark, Champlin

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

It is not the State's responsibility to … 55391

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. It is not the State's responsibility to guarantee an individual's right to vote. The individual needs to be responsible.

What personal experiences guide you?

The need to produce two ID's to cash a check at the bank.

What else should we know about the issue?

Not being discussed. People's opinions appear to be set.

-- Whitney MacMillan, Wayzata

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I can think of a large number of people … 55105

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I can think of a large number of people whose right to vote will be endangered if the amendment passes. Among them are servicemen, absentee voters, divorcees whose license lists their married names, elderly people who have never had a driver's license or have let their drivers' licenses lapse and aren't mobile enough to get the documentation required for a new ID (or indeed to go to a center to get a new ID if they have documenation), poor people without a driver's license, college kids whose license lists their home address, and newcomers to the state. Any one of these groups is larger than any estimate of voting fraud in past elections. I also object to state money being wasted on a useless endeavor.

What personal experiences guide you?

Being in college in Connecticut with a California driver's license; waiting a month to get my MN license after I arrived here, and most especially, watching the thrill of first-time voters who've registered on election day and cast their first vote. Their deserved pride and satisfaction would melt the heart of most people.

What else should we know about the issue?

Most of the people in my neighborhood in St. Paul, even some Republicans, oppose the amendment.

-- Pete Magee, St. Paul

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

These laws are mostly designed to make i… 55118

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. These laws are mostly designed to make it more difficult for certain groups to vote -- not the way it's meant to be

What personal experiences guide you?

I have worked with people (and have friends) who, for one reason or another don't drive and consequently don't have a license or have any other form of picture ID.

What else should we know about the issue?

I rarely interact with the more conservative community I live in, so I'm not qualified to answer this question

-- Colin Mansfield, West Saint Paul

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

A) It is not necessary. Multiple recoun… 55428

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. A) It is not necessary. Multiple recounts of MN elections have shown that in-person voter fraud is practically nonexistant. Moreover the question does little to explain the effect on people who do not vote in person. B) This negatively affects rural precincts, putting unnecessary financial hardship on these areas. C) There is no mention for how the state plans to pay for this, only that it will, which presumably deepens the budget deficit. D) This disproportionally affects the elderly, college students, veterans, and other minorities. E) People who have problems with source ID documents (SS card, birth certificate, marriage certificate) will have to pay to have those replaced/fixed before the state-paid-for ID can be issued. Where will the resources come from for that?? F) Voting is a right. While the integrity of elections is important, we must not make it disproportionally more difficult for certain demographics to vote. That is wrong.

What personal experiences guide you?

I'm not too far removed from college and know how difficult it was/is for college students to vote for their home precinct already. Plus my MI-born husband is scrambling to find time to take the exam for a MN driver's license already. If this were enacted this year he might not be able to vote if the ID card doesn't come in time. How fair is it to punish people who move often??

What else should we know about the issue?

I think too many people are uneducated about this issue. The question as written appears to apply to all voting, and many I've heard speak about it seem to believe it only applies to in-person voting. Many people only think about issues as they apply to themselves, and lots of us white middle-class folk already have a photo ID.

-- Elisabeth Marker, New Hope

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

Requiring a "valid government-issued pho… 55347

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Requiring a "valid government-issued photo ID" for voters immediately eliminates young people who have not yet passed their driver's test, older people who no longer drive, college students who in November are not living in the place stated on their driver's licenses, disabled people who cannot drive and do not have a state ID, and the unintentionally homeless who have slipped through the cracks of society but should still be allowed a voice.

What personal experiences guide you?

My dad was blind. He ultimately could not continue to renew his license to drive, but he never lost his intense interest in and voice in American politics. If this amendment passes, hardworking, tax paying, active and opinionated Americans would lose the right to vote simply because they lost their government-issued ID. Many older people, much like my dad, are offended by the implication that, after voting in every election for the past 70 years, they suddenly will need further proof that they are Americans in order to continue voting.

What else should we know about the issue?

With poor voter turnout a significant issue in every single election, why on Earth would anyone want to start excluding people who,have voted in every election since they were old enough to file a ballot? Why are we seeking to take away rights of our citizens?

-- Debra McBride, Eden Prairie

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

Not only is the problem imaginary, but e… 55407

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Not only is the problem imaginary, but every argument for it is based on a false premise. Voting is not a commercial transaction, such as buying a beer or a house, or cashing a check. It is in the same category as greeting your neighbors: something that you do as part of living in a community.

-- Paul McCluskey, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

THERE IS NO PROBLEM!!! To me it's like … 55779

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. THERE IS NO PROBLEM!!! To me it's like calling in a refrigerator repairman to fix an appliance that is running fine but might break down. Would anyone do that? This is nothing less than trying to disenfranchise a certain segment of voters that may not be voting the way some people wish.

What personal experiences guide you?

I think most of this is aimed at college students. It is a hassle to vote when you live from home. This is another step to make it harder still.

What else should we know about the issue?

I think there is too much apathy about this. Since most people have no problem, they shrug their shoulders believing it doesn't affect them, but it will affect their children or grandchildren.

-- Susan McEwen, Duluth

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I think the country is better off having… 55410

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think the country is better off having as many people as possible vote. I do not see voter fraud as a problem and this solution is too extreme.

-- John McGillivary, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

The real threat to democracy is not iden… 55105

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The real threat to democracy is not identity fraud at the polls; there is no evidence that it takes place to any degree at all. Anywhere. A far greater threat to the votes of an informed electorate is the recent Citizens United Supreme Court decision which gives unidentified million and billionaires the right to sponsor unlimited advertising without showing any identity at all.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am 72 years old and as an enlisted man in the US Army in the American South I saw first hand the surprising realities of Jim Crow laws.

Sensitized by all of that (1962-1965) I attended a rousing speech by Martin Luther King at University of Hawaii (I'd been reassigned by then) calling for Freedom Summer, the voter registration program in which Schwerner, Cheyney and Goodman were murdered (most famously; there were others) in Philadelphia, Mississippi and buried under a dam by collaborating elected officials. Ever since then I've paid close attention to the issue of voter rights and the importance of the franchise.

I have also served in various roles at polling places on election day, including as a precinct judge, and am always moved by the process of people of every political persuasion and station just showing up and voting. It is clear that the safeguards against identity fraud are already numerous and in place.

Finally, I have lived in a society (Pakistan, 1977-78)that did not have our hard won freedoms and traditions of democracy; elections were a a scary process to watch. We need to encourage even more people to vote here. Election Day should be a national holiday to insure much greater participation than we now have. More enfranchisement, not less.

What else should we know about the issue?

We should know the identities and sources of all the funds that are being used to support and oppose this amendment. And journalists should find those contributors and query them about their motives.

How many many more supporters of strict voter ID are there who feel as the PA representative does that, famously (tip of the hat to the journalist who broke that story)that voter ID in that state would prevent 750,000 voters from casting ballots and give the election to candidate Romney.

-- James McKenzie, Saint Paul

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

There really isn't a problem with fraudu… 55056

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There really isn't a problem with fraudulent voting in this state. Also, we will all eventually pay to provide the "free" identification to people. This also complicates the process of voting. This is a right that we have and this proposed amendment appears to complicate that right.

-- Deb McKinnis, Northh Branch

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I do not support amending the constituti… 55411

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I do not support amending the constitution as a method for circumventing the regular legislative process, something that was done the last session. We elect officials to represent us; that us the way laws should be enacted. Additionally, there is no data to support the necessity of this amendment.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am an attorney who believes firmly in the constitution and checks and balances. I represent poor perple of color in my law practice. Most do not have IDs and this law is an additional obstacle to voting. This population has been kept from voting historically-- this is a continuation of such policy.

What else should we know about the issue?

Most people have a gut reaction that needing an ID to vote is common sense, regardless of the other issues that may arise.

-- Karmen McQuitty, Minneapolis

http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/minnesota-public-radio/92e43f566196/where-do-you-stand-on-voter-id

I'm sickened by this plan to disenfranch… 55424

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I'm sickened by this plan to disenfranchise voters based on a non-existent voter fraud problem. I'm also saddened to see how many well-intentioned people are drawn in by what on the surface seems a simple requirement without understanding the implications.

What personal experiences guide you?

Knowing elderly and disabled people who don't have a picture id, for whom a simple trip to the DMV is far from simple. Also, having moved to Minnesota in 1998, I delighted in seeing Jesse Ventura win (even though I didn't vote for him), as one of the best examples of democracy in action. I've also found the caucus system to be another wonderful example of grassroots, everyone counts politics- and it would be a shame to put up barriers to participation in the political system.

-- Mark Mironer, Edina

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I do not sense that voter fraud is an is… 55113

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I do not sense that voter fraud is an issue to worry about. I do not think it happens often. The voting process can be intimidating enough as is, even for 50 somethings who vote every election! I take it seriously and suspect most do too. My hope is that everyone takes the risk of feeling intimidated by the already formal process and votes.

What personal experiences guide you?

Having moved from out of state, and from one neighborhood to another later, I was relieved and proud that my name was on the rolls, that someone believed that I was who I said I was, and I could place my vote, use my voice, to vote.

--Jane Mobeckwilson

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On some level I would think it would be … 55430

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. On some level I would think it would be appropriate for voters to prove in some way that they actually live in x district and can vote, but I also do not think voter fraud is hardly a problem at all, especially in MN. I just don't see that it is. This amendment seems more to be trying to obstruct certain sections of the public from voting rather than safeguard against people voting ellegally.

What personal experiences guide you?

My friend has a mother who is 90 something who lived if FL all her life and now, my friend moved her mom here to mn to live so she could be closer to her. She has not had a drivers licence for 20 years or more and it would be incredibly difficult to get what seems to be needed if this law was in effect in mn. This woman is 90 some years old, remembers when women were first allowed to vote, it would be beyond stupid to deny her the right to vote now.

What else should we know about the issue?

I think on the base level most people do think people should have some id in order to vote, but on the bigger picture I also think they do not realize how this will impact those people who just do not have what would be required and thus would be denied to vote.

-- Ann Moe, Minneapolis

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There is no reason for this and several … 55408

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is no reason for this and several reasons to not do it; primarily this: we are not required to have a photo ID. To require one for voting will eliminate eligible voters who, for whatever reason, do not wish to have a government issued ID. What's next, we all need our SSN tattooed on our arms?

What personal experiences guide you?

None. I'm just against unnecessary intrusion. The folks for this amendment tell us there is voter fraud. If that's true, then voter fraud can still continue through absentee ballot - you cannot ID those votes. The folks for iBiz amendment are liars who just want to keep "undesirables" from voting.

What else should we know about the issue?

I have yet to meet anyone in my community who is for this abomination.

-- Richard Molby

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I feel that to vote in this country you … 56255

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I feel that to vote in this country you must be a tax-paying citizen. No taxation without representation works the other way too. The people who don't have photo IDs are clearly not working and are clearly leeching from the rest of society. I might be able to understand 5-7% of the population truly not being able to afford this expense, in which case scholarships could be available from private donors, but everyone should have to pay.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have always had to show ID when I vote (except when I was younger and voted in my home town where people knew me and now that I am known in my current community).

What else should we know about the issue?

My community strongly believes in accountability. Everyone in town is expected to vote, regardless of their choices. The community also expects everyone to be responsible for their own actions, which includes having a job and obtaining identification for them-self.

-- Mary Morgan, Lucan

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This amendment purports to address a pro… 55423

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This amendment purports to address a problem that simply doesn't exist, but it's supposed "solutions" will make it more difficult (if not impossible) to vote for those members of our society who are already on the fringes.

What personal experiences guide you?

My 92 year old grandmother doesn't drive, lives in an assisted living facility and no longer has a valid photo ID. I'm not sure if she has the proper certification to get one, but even if she does my father would have to drive 150+ miles to get her to a place to obtain a valid ID. That's a huge barrier for two people and it's certainly not free.

What else should we know about the issue?

I'm pretty sure this amendment will pass because most people have a photo ID and think it's no big deal to get one -- I've seen plenty of Vote Yes on the Photo ID Amendment signs. But I wish news organizations would talk to a few of the estimated 200,000+ Minnesotans who DO NOT have a photo ID and ask how this might affect them.

-- Lynne Morioka, Richfield

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This effort is nothing more then a righ… 55419

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This effort is nothing more then a right wing power play to suppress votes. I think it needs to be said that it's being manipulated by the current brokers in the man Republican party. There are Republicans who stand against this. This contingent does not have a say amongst the reactionaries,ie those who would like to see less vote because it would increase their chance at maintaining control. Look at voter turnout records those who groups who vote in smaller percentages will now have even greater percentages of non voters. Although it's dressed up to look like it's an effort to prevent crime the crime does not appear to exist. Therefore the photo effort is a charade. It is kabuki. I must add our supreme courts decision in this manner uncovers much about who resides on our state body.

What personal experiences guide you?

My father carried me to the polls during a snow storm when I was 5 to vote. He could barely speak English. I know enough not to use this sacred trust for cynical reasons. Although the deniers who are after voters suppression are just that-deniers.

What else should we know about the issue?

More no signs/are appearing g everyday.

-- Joe Musich, mpls

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Those who do not have a home or do not h… 55116

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Those who do not have a home or do not have enough money to immediately update their ID will not be allowed to vote.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have been homeless before, but I have voted at every election. There were years I simply could not afford to change my ID every time I moved and when your living someplace different every week, what address do you put? If you have no place with an address, then what?

-- MaryAnne Nishidhe, St. Paul

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I know that ID affirms "who" a person is… 55436

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I know that ID affirms "who" a person is. Realistically it can not prevent a voter but after the fact it provides court acceptable proof for later prosecution of who exactly voted a) where they actually did not live once address is checked, b)of who may have voted in more than one location, c) of who it was that voted when later it is shown they were not a citizen or otherwise eligible. Prosecutions now are impossible because there is no "proof" of who it was that actually came to the polls.

What personal experiences guide you?

As part of my regular employment I by accident discovered from persons protected by data privacy that their families from a 100% ethnic community apartment building had been escorted by an activist to same day register and vote in 2008 carrying a utility bill from their residence etc. The problem? many of these were hardly-english-speaking families in America on Refugee status. They were not naturalized citizens and in fact those who were refugees were not even technically immigrants on the path to citizenship.

What else should we know about the issue?

A lot of misinformation

-- Richard Novack, Edina

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Isn't necessary, doesn't belong in Const… 55113

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Isn't necessary, doesn't belong in Constitution

What else should we know about the issue?

In the primary when I jested, "Do I need to show you my ID?," my election judge/neighbor of 20 years told me, "I'd sure like to see it." Not sure it's her role

-- Bob Olsen, Falcon Heights

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Voting procedures should be established … 55108

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voting procedures should be established and modified by the legislature, and not by permanent changes to the state constitution. Voting is the right of all citizens and limits and barriers should be kept to a minimum. Currently, voter fraud is not a significant problem. The proposed amendment would mean the unnecessary and irresponsible expenditure of millions of additional dollars at a time when government budgets are in deficit.

What personal experiences guide you?

When I was young and a student, and early in my career, my place of residence changed often and I relied on same day registration in order to cast my vote. In forty years, I have missed only a small handful of elections including primaries.

What else should we know about the issue?

The majority of Minnesota voters seem to see this amendment as a simple, common sense measure, but fewer people are aware of the many complications, expenses and changes that the new laws will require. A few citizens, and possibly many citizens, will try to cast their ballots and will find they are not permitted to do so. Even the possibility of this is something we should not consider.

In general, Republicans are for this amendment and Democrats are against it, and that fact tells us something about the motivations behind this effort. Both sides are assuming that more Democratic voters will be excluded from voting than will be the case for Republican voters.

-- Daniel Olson, Saint Paul

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I have two reasons: 1) this potentially … 55317

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I have two reasons: 1) this potentially disenfranchises more legitimate voters than it would ever protect against illegitimate voters, and I believe we need to make it as easy as possible for all citizens to vote. I don't think we need to erect barriers to voting. 2) At best this should be legislated and not put into the state constitution. I believe it tends to minimize the significance of the constitution by using it to legislate rather than set the guidelines and principle by which legislation should be judged.

What personal experiences guide you?

Living through the pre-civil-rights era when citizens were denied the right to vote to disenfranchise the black population.

-- Ralph Pamperin, Chanhassen

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As I understand it, the voters who would… 55102

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. As I understand it, the voters who would have the most difficulty with this -- elderly and younger voters, could be barred from voting because of not having a picture id. This just does not make sense to me. This would cost the state money for a very low priority problem for the state (how much voter fraud is going on? Not much, from what I understand). Why should the state spend money for this program? I just don't get it!

What personal experiences guide you?

I have had to bring in proof of "where I live" in various places, but never a photo. I don't understand why we need to change the process. More effort toward voting online would be time/$'s better spent.

What else should we know about the issue?

I live in a progressive part of the city -- my neighbors are against this.

-- Mary Jo Parker, Saint Paul

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Free and anonymous access to voting is a… 55106

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Free and anonymous access to voting is a right guaranteed in the US Constitution. The incidence of voter fraud that was used as an reason for introducing this poorly-conceived amendment is almost nonexistent, and the people who sponsor it are outright lying about it.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have seen people admit out loud that this type of voter restriction will prevent people from exercising their own choices in voting, and will ensure that Republican candidates have a better, if not certain, chance at winning over other parties, notably Democrat.

What else should we know about the issue?

That so few people are being given the opportunity to see how corrupt and dishonest this campaign has been is frightening. Get on it!

-- Bob Parker, Saint Paul

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I have been researching my family histor… 55112

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I have been researching my family history for years - and realize there are still individuals living that were born before birth certificates were given. Many of my older relatives were issued 'delayed' birth certificates - and now that they do not drive, have not renewed their licenses. Upon researching our history, there are MANY Americans - especially black - who lack basic information regarding their birth, their parents history through no fault of their own.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have seen the difficulties black American's have finding information on their ancestors - and on their own lives. We need to work on these issues AFTER a major election - not right before. Our country has PROVEN HISTORY of politicians using laws such as these to keep people from voting.

What else should we know about the issue?

Unfortunately, voter apathy is high, with folks unhappy with the way the electoral college works. I know a lot of people that will refuse to vote.

-- Andrea Peel, New Brighton

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Placing obstacles in front of voting is … 55418

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Placing obstacles in front of voting is wrong, unless there is a demonstrated need to solve a real problem. There are things that can be done to improve the integrity of elections; voter ID won't do it. There's no relevant level of this crime happening, and the "facts" thrown out by the proponents simply don't hold up.

What personal experiences guide you?

I pay attention to news, critically look into issues (facts are pesky, but interesting). I have also been an election judge since (Sep11) 2001.

What else should we know about the issue?

Voters are being encouraged to loudly, prominently present ID in the polling places in order to build a case (and socially engineer an expectation) for ID. On this election day, because the measure is on the ballot, that would constitute campaigning. Poll challengers have become increasingly belligerent on this and related issues.

-- Charles Piehl, Minneapolis

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This is a solution for a problem that is… 55104

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This is a solution for a problem that is so rare. It is actually a partisan attempt to suppress poor and minority voters. It is part of a national campaign to try to avoid the impact of demographic and economic changes in our country.

What personal experiences guide you?

Students and minority voters often do not get a new ID everytime they change their address. It costs money and is an extra trip to the DMV. We've had students who've lived with us and haven't had time or money to change their drivers license address and we've gone to the pols to vote with them.

What else should we know about the issue?

Some neighbors are in support of it and others strongly opposed but we agree that we don't have to agree about everything.

-- Rob Ramer, St. Paul

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It is a cheap way for the party that doe… 55409

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is a cheap way for the party that doesn't get any votes from the students and elderly, to eliminate those folks from being able to vote. There hasn't been any 'walk up' fraud, and according to the press, the only fraud has come from officials deciding not to include absentee ballots... Sending ths ballots to the waste paper basket rather than count them.

What personal experiences guide you?

Being in the Air Force, I know about absentee ballots, and if I was based in Arkansas, I couldn't have been eligible to vote in my home state. I also went to college in California and would not have had a permanent address to prove my ability to vote.

What else should we know about the issue?

I have several neighbors whom I have vouched for in the past on the 'same day validation' of those voters. As you note, I live in an affluent neighborhood so am not dealing with transients or temporary folks. The same day voting is the ONLY reason that Ventura won as Governor, and that was a good thing (no, I didn't vote for him but know a lot of folks that did).

-- John Reay, minneapolis

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This is simply voter repression. To sto… 56374

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This is simply voter repression. To stop voters from voting pure and simple. Who voted for Obama four years ago? The poor, minorities, students and others who probably don't have a ID with a photo and their addresses.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have read the papers and seen disturbing reports of representatives who have stated that this will be the means of putting Romeny into the White House.

-- Julianne Restani, St. Joseph

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I believe that voting is neither a right… 55033

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I believe that voting is neither a right nor a privilege; it is an obligation. I have voted in every election since I was 18, presidential or otherwise, and I'm 58. I believe voting to be the minimal obligation of responsible citizenship. Therefore, I oppose any efforts to interfere with anybody's discharging their obligations of citizenship. Voter I.D. is a cynical interference designed to reduce the number of people inclined to vote the Democratic slate. I support same day registration and all such conveniences assisting the idea that the more people vote, the better.

-- Pete Rivard, Hastings

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There is no need to add more regulations… 55408

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is no need to add more regulations. There is no history of fraud in Minnesota and the law will only serve to disenfranchise people who have difficulty getting a photo id (the elderly, people without a car, people who work during the hours offices are open, etc.).

What personal experiences guide you?

Many people seem to think that voting is easy for everyone. I realize that I am a privileged person and that not everyone finds it as easy to vote as I do. For many people it is difficult to find the time to vote, difficult to get an id,and difficult to get to the polls. Each step is one more barrier to voting. Why add impediments?

What else should we know about the issue?

This is a very obvious subterfuge to prevent poor people and minorities from voting.

-- Julia Robinson, Minneapolis

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This amendment is a solution in search o… 55403

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This amendment is a solution in search of a problem. The stated problem is in-person voter ID fraud - which happens to be nearly non-existent. I believe that the REAL problem this amendment is intended to fix is the fact that the demographics of this country are quickly shifting away from the ideals of the current Republican platform. By making it harder to vote for many democratic-leaning constituents the Republican party will be able to avoid updating its platform for at least a few more election cycles.

-- Michael Roden, Minneapolis

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i am and have been an election judge for… 55082

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. i am and have been an election judge for approx 17 years. there has never been a case of voter fraud here and i believe that stands as true for any other place in minnesota. we have had people appearing to test us on our enforcement of registration rules and precinct location over the last couple of elections. it was apparent last election, to the point of being ridiculous. i believe that this is an issue invented by the "ultra conservatives" such as Koch brothers as well as the ALEC people. from what i have discovered, this issue was put forth by these types of folks as a plan to limit votes - especially minority votes. these people are again trying to rule by fear, concocting horror stories and finding more ways to have people live in fear - thus, making terrorism and terrorists successful. with my experience and the experiences of older, more seasoned election judges - i believe this id business is not needed.

What personal experiences guide you?

with the system such as minnesota has for elections, i believe fraud would be incredibly difficult. voters sign the roster, declaring they are who they say they are. that is legal and binding. just having the voter recite their address is a fine way to decipher if they live where they say they do. false id's are incredibly easy to get your hands on - where will this stop?

What else should we know about the issue?

i live in the part of the state that continues to have michele bachmann as a congressperson. you can imagine that there are quite a number of gullible, uneducated, ultraconservatives out here - you would be right. too many people in this district are easily led and they are also very white. the boogey man is around every corner!

-- Nancy L.T. Rosenbower, Stillwater

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I don't feel that there is enough eviden… 55374

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I don't feel that there is enough evidence of actual voter fraud to warrant changing the Constitution of the State of MN. I feel that it is a scare tactic being used by conservative GOP politicians i.e. Michelle Bachman, Mary Kiffmeyer. There are actual issues that need to be dealt with in the state of MN. Let's deal with the real stuff instead wasting time and money on fantasy issues.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have worked with communities of color, the homeless, the disabled and the elderly. There are so many daily struggles that these populations experience that fraudulently voting wouldn't even be on their horizon. Food, clothing and shelter are on their minds.

What else should we know about the issue?

I don't think people are well informed. They tend to believe the fear mongering that is put out by conservatives.

-- Mary Kay Ross, Rogers

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The most significant problem with voting… 56347

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The most significant problem with voting has been the fact that some felons who have legally lost their right to vote have voted. The use of a government issued photo I. D. will not eliminate this problem. Requiring a photo I. D. will be a burden on many of our senior citizens who no longer drive and no longer possess a valid driver's license.

-- Gerry Ruda, Long Prairie

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The nationwide efforts to enact voter ID… 56537

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The nationwide efforts to enact voter ID laws are nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at large-scale voter disenfranchisement. I am amazed at the willingness of the "Protect My Vote" movement to lie and mislead through the use of catchphrases and statistics that are distortions and sheer fabrications.

What personal experiences guide you?

I would not have been able to vote at college if this amendment would have been in place at the time.

-- Tom Rufer, Fergus Falls

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I might vote for it in a state that has … 55116

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I might vote for it in a state that has a lot of voter fraud, but that is not the case in Minnesota. Although I am an independent, I find the champions of measures that are self-serving to be suspect, and that appears to be the case here. Those who may have difficulty obtaining an acceptable ID tend to be Democrats, whereas those pushing this measure are mostly Republicans. I have been convinced that some otherwise legal voters will be disenfranchised by the measure.

What personal experiences guide you?

My experience is that voting goes quite smoothly in my precinct without this type of ID requirement.

What else should we know about the issue?

In St. Paul I have seen a preponderance of "NO" signs.

-- Harold Samtur, St. Paul

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it is far more important to protect and … 55803

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. it is far more important to protect and preserve the right to vote than to try to fend off the vanishingly small amount of voter fraud that is in the category of ineligible people trying to vote. Interestingly, though the Regressives have been screaming for years about ineligible voters casting ballots (code for BROWN or poor people voting) that kind of voting fraud is almost non-existent.

What personal experiences guide you?

I grew up mostly without extended family, because the Naziis murdered most of the family that was still in Europe during WWII. This instilled in me a permanent horror of the tyranny of the majority over the minority.

-- Ellen Sandbeck, Duluth

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I believe in the principal of one man on… 55318

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I believe in the principal of one man one vote, not one dollar one vote. This is a Jim Crow law meant to reduce participation by those who are weak, poor, old, mobile, disabled, homeless, black, working more than one job, or otherwise disadvantaged compared to stable rich people. These people tend to be Democrats and that is why Republicans are doing this. It is wrong.

What personal experiences guide you?

I was my mother's sole caretaker and transportation toward the end of her life. When election day came around, I would either drive her or accompany her power wheelchair and drive almost a mile to the elementary school. Her revoked driver's license was accepted and she was allowed to cancel my vote. It was her right and a matter of dignity.

It would have been a hardship to go to the county where she was born to get a birth certificate or to go to a government office for a new ID. If she moved to a nursing home, which she did for a while, I would have had to get a new ID when she was even worse off.

What else should we know about the issue?

I have written three editorials for the Chaska Herald, and two of them have been published. The Brick City blog has an insane and lengthy discussion of the issue featuring John Brunette -a Republican spokesperson vs. Sean Olsen, who runs the blog.

-- Doug Schanzenbach, Chaska

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I think it is a civil rights issue. All … 55410

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think it is a civil rights issue. All citizens deserve the opportunity to vote for those who will represent them.

What personal experiences guide you?

As an election judge in a ward that includes many Somalis, I see how difficult it can be to convince citizens to vote. Are they as knowledgeable as I would like? No. Are they important for the future of our democracy? Absolutely.

What else should we know about the issue?

The League of Women Voters has been firmly against this on a voter rights basis. Who are some individuals who would be cut off?

-- Dennis Schapiro, Minneapolis

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I actually feel quite strong that emigra… 55387

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I actually feel quite strong that emigrants to this country do many things: learn our language, take the legal road to and become citizens, and then may legally vote. In saying this, I know there are several illegal immigrants who take advantage of the prosperity and freedoms of our country -- so I see the reasoning behind the 'want' to amend the constitution. However, after doing my homework, I realize that first and foremost, we need to take care of our own legal citizens first and ensure they keep their constitutional right to vote. Many Americans do not have any ID nor have the capacity to obtain an ID for a variety of reasons - whether good or bad. These natural born citizens should be able to vote.

What personal experiences guide you?

I don't really have any personal experiences that relate to my decision, just being informed and doing my homework.

What else should we know about the issue?

I haven't seen a lot of impact it would have in my community, as we are only a community of 11,000, primarily middle class families and retired persons.

-- Kelly Schiffman, Waconia

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I'm concerned that the information going… 55433

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I'm concerned that the information going out to the public show our state having the highest voter fraud. The negative and skewed information leads me to believe this is an issue based on political gain rather than an actual Minnesota issue that needs to be addressed.

What personal experiences guide you?

I try to keep up to date and check on information that is given to the public. Newspaper stories, advertisements although they are for the most part negative and annoying, TV news, etc.

What else should we know about the issue?

I hope this is not meant to target the poor, the elderly, and young adults as we are hearing from some sources.

-- Nancy Schnickels-Bledsoe, Coon Rapids

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Voter restriction is not good for democr… 55403

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voter restriction is not good for democracy. Too many voters will be disenfranchised because of this legislation. I don't like how it is a partisan change to our elections.

What personal experiences guide you?

As a young adult, I live in an apartment near downtown, but my ID still has my parent's house on it because that is more permanent for me. I will have to get a new ID.

-- Philip Schwartz, Minneapolis

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I do not want our state to take voting… 55419-5220

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I do not want our state to take voting rights away from anyone under any pretext. In addition, we have no voting fraud; we are continually identified as the state with the squeakiest clean elections so why mess with it.

What personal experiences guide you?

My father moved here to a nursing home. He had a Wisconsin license and would not have been able to vote under the proposed amendment. Also, our son and family who are in the foreign service would not be able to use an absentee ballot. Here they are, actually working for us. Can you imagine?

What else should we know about the issue?

Those of us interested in enabling all segments of our society to vote are hopping mad and doing all they can to encourage a NO vote.

-- Belle Scott, Minneapolis

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I think adding to the red tape in this w… 55412

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think adding to the red tape in this way will impact people who can legally vote in negative ways.

-- Joyce Scrivner, Minneapolis

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It is excessive regulation to meet a pol… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It is excessive regulation to meet a political end. All of the studies on voter fraud that I have seen show it to be exceptional low so there is no reason for additional bureaucracy.

What personal experiences guide you?

The first time I voted I needed someone to vouch for me because I had just moved and didn't have accurate identification. I'm concerned that this opens the door to more restrictions and prevention of valid voters voting for no reason.

-- Patrick Smith

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There is non problem with voter fraud in… 55404

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is non problem with voter fraud in this state, or across the nation, so the law is absolutely unneeded. Also, this is part of the ALEC check list of legislation that is pushed on and by Republican politicians. I don't believe that this organization should have the power it does to get laws enacted, and so will actively oppose it with my vote.

What personal experiences guide you?

None - other than I see the lack of voters at my precinct for primaries, so it makes more sense to me to increase voters, not decrease them.

-- Cary Stegall, Minneapolis

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Republicans have passed this ballot meas… 55435

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Republicans have passed this ballot measure because they want to discourage the elderly, students. poor and homeless people from voting. Their claims of "voter fraud" as a motive are a fraud. In fact, by doing so, they oppose universal voting, wanting to restrict voting to people who act, think and live like them. This is similar to their policy positions, which generally favor people like them and are intolerant of other viewpoints.

What personal experiences guide you?

My son would have been denied the right to take his first vote near his college because he did not have a car on campus and hadn't changed his permanent address. He could only easily vote by walking to a polling place. Of course, he could have voted absentee, but absentee voting lacks all the controls of the secret ballot and is actually more subject to voter fraud.

What else should we know about the issue?

You should be watching the behavior of Republican poll watchers as well as any false communication to voters that if they don't have an ID, they cannot vote in this election. That would constitute tampering with the election, because preventing legal voters should be considered a serious crime and procecuted.

-- Joel Stegner, Edina

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There is no such problem as voter fraud … 55437

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There is no such problem as voter fraud in Minnesota or the United States. The percentage of fraudulent votes is for all intents and purposes so low that it is a statistical anomaly.

-- Ron Steinwall, Bloomington

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I believe that voting is the most import… 55428

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I believe that voting is the most important right we have as a US citizen. It should be protected. It should not be available to anyone anywhere with something as simple as someone "vouching" for them.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am appalled each elecation cycle when I just have to say my name and address and sign on the line. It would be very easy for anyone to vote in my place, and for me to vote for others. I could vote in multiple precincts just by knowing a name & address. It has been several years since my ex left my address, yet he still appears in the booklet the election judges have, making it too easy for me to have a friend vote in his place. Who would know, and how would it be tracked that this is voter fraud? How many non citizens vote because of the ease??

-- Cheryl Stephani, Brooklyn Park

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I'm very satisfied with the current syst… 55412

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I'm very satisfied with the current system whereby voters without identification may get someone to vouch for them. I think it's important for society to stick together and trust in their neighbors. It's extremely unlikely that anyone could slip in an extra vote using this system because of the checks and balances that are in place. I'd rather everyone got a fair chance to be a citizen rather than denying anyone their American rights.

What personal experiences guide you?

I've moved a lot and that meant having to change my polling station in time and get registered in my new area. It was a stressful thing and my ID didn't always match my current address. I like the reassurance of knowing that if I wasn't yet registered in my district I could bring my neighbor with me on polling day and I'd still get to vote.

-- Lauren Strom, Minneapolis

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Originally I leaned toward voting no but… 55318

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. Originally I leaned toward voting no but have since decided although there will be people negatively caught up in this changeover, ultimately the process and peoples understanding of what needs to be done will be positively achieved. As an aside, I think both sides have left the consequences of this change explained poorly, but that's what they do, give you half truths and hope you bite on their sound bite.

What personal experiences guide you?

My opinions are only based on what I have read.

-- John Stuewe, Chaska

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As a former college student and army dra… 55731

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. As a former college student and army draftee I realize how hard it can be to legally vote, we don't need to put obstacles in the way especially since there is negligible fraud in our voting system today.

What personal experiences guide you?

As a shy kid from a small town way out in nowhere, I needed the affirming feeling of knowing my vote counted when a presidential election was in sway. Americans need to have their voices heard, they deserve it.

What else should we know about the issue?

Most people don't want anyone to be disenfranchised!

-- Timothy Sundquist, Duluth

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The evidence per the Brennan Center demo… 56446

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. The evidence per the Brennan Center demonstrates voter impersonation is none existent. The voter ID Amendment will place an addition all hardship on many legitimately registered Minnesota voters and may disenfranchise as many as 215,000. As a practical matter, any teenager who has wanted to procure alcohol can tell you photo IDs are easier to fake than is a signature.

From a patriotic perspective amendments should only be used to extend citizen rights and to include more citizens. This law is designed to suppress votes because as republican guru Richard Viguery stated a decade ago, low voter turnout is the key to GOP success at the polls. This is as flagrant attempt at electioneering as is gerrymandering. It is perverse.

What personal experiences guide you?

The big fear for some people who live in fear of illegals voting is so weird.

Obviously they have never seen the Bourne Identity. Who someone illegally in a country, risk prison through the violation of State and Federal Laws to vote illegally. I would think that if they are that fearless and motivated; why not rob a bank instead. It is a stupid boogey man bit of fear mongering.

What else should we know about the issue?

People seem to be falling for the false equivalency of voting is more important than cashing a check; but one needs to have a photo ID to cash a check. Never mind that the idea of an ID is constitutionally implied to be prohibited.

-- Myron Swanberg, Eagle Bend

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It has the effect to limit the right to … 55423

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. It has the effect to limit the right to vote.

What personal experiences guide you?

Two recent experiences:

First, in July, a person came to the Church where I am pastor seeking assistance including help to get a Minnesota state ID. I went with this person to the Hennepin County Service Center on Lake Street. After a wait of over 2 hours we were able to get the ID. This is the same type of ID a non driver would need in order to vote as required by the proposed Voter ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution.

Such an experience puts this amendment into perspective. Even if you have the money, it is difficult to get the ID. As we finally got to the service desk before the payment counter and the additional wait there, the clerk announced that those still in line would have to come back the next day to complete their transactions. We made the cutoff. The two hour wait for those behind us was just the start.

Second, my mother has not driven for a number of years and her driver's license has long expired. She still is active in other ways and has up to now voted. However, the proposed amendment to our state constitution requiring a valid photo ID would prohibit her voting. On her own she would not be able to get such an ID. Luckily she has me. It took two trips to the State Vehicle Services Office, and long waits while there, but we got this 88 year old, World War II Veteran a valid photo ID. What a nasty piece of work this amendment is and how unnecessary. She votes at her senior apartment building where everyone knows her by name, no ID required.

Obviously this amendment is going to prevent many citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote. This appears to be the not too subtle motive for those pushing the amendment. The expense and time required to get the newly required photo ID amounts to a poll tax.

The Republican legislators pushing this are getting their marching orders from ALEC, the uber partisan organization trying to push this at a national level in order to suppress voter turnout. We now can join states like Texas in limiting this most basic right. I see that under the proposed law in Texas concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student IDs would not. Sadly my mom does not pack heat.

In July, a person came to the Church where I am pastor seeking assistance including help to get a Minnesota state ID. I went with this person to the Hennepin County Service Center on Lake Street. After a wait of over 2 hours we were able to get the ID. This is the same type of ID a non driver would need in order to vote as required by the proposed Voter ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. Such an experience puts this amendment into perspective.

Even if you have the money, it is difficult to get the ID. As we finally got to the service desk before the payment counter and the additional wait there, the clerk announced that those still in line would have to come back the next day to complete their transactions. We made the cutoff. The two hour wait for those behind us was just the start.

What else should we know about the issue?

pretty much quiet

-- Michael Tegeder, Minneapolis

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I think the message has been very clear.… 55068

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think the message has been very clear. There is very little voter fraud in the U.S. This amendment is seemingly a plan to address a problem that does not exist. Therefore, I think the real reasons for this proposed amendment lie in an area extremely distasteful to me, to purposely exclude certain voters.

What personal experiences guide you?

I am a teacher in city schools. I see many young people falling through the cracks and be relegated to second class citizenship for many reasons.

-- Theodore Tellman, Rosemount

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This requirement is completely unnecessa… 55410

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This requirement is completely unnecessary and will be very expensive for taxpayers, at State and local levels, and especially in Greater MN. But most of all it will do harm.

Hundreds of thousands of voters will find it harder to vote - AND BE SURE THEIR VOTE IS COUNTED!! It's not fraud when students, homeless or new citizens vote. It's not fair to make it harder to vote for our most vulnerable citizens: elderly, young, poor, military, veterans, and more. Election law should only be changed through broad, bi-partisan support.

This amendment would make every election like 2008 on steroids - with delayed election results and legal challenges across the whole ballot, every election!

What personal experiences guide you?

I have been volunteering with various non-partisan groups on the issue of fair elections since 2005 and have served as an election judge since 2008. I served on the board for Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota. I am a member of League of Women Voters. I chair the board for the MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance and co-chair our working group on Voting Rights.

What else should we know about the issue?

Social Security Cards and Veterans Cards - used to get benefits - would not be sufficient to let you vote. Not everyone has a birth certificate. This will impact long-time voters.

-- Jennifer Thomas, Minneapolis

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you cannot rent a car or even a pair of … 55436

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Undecided. you cannot rent a car or even a pair of ski's without showing a photo ID Why should it be allowed to vote without an ID? I do not like having laws passed in this manner - legislature should be able to manage. I would rather have them get rid of same day registration/voting. Everyone knows when election day is happening. Register ahead of time.

If you are truly a motivated voter, don't move to a new home in November or if you must move, do the absentee ballot in advance.

What personal experiences guide you?

I have a co-worker who volunteers at polling station each election. The challenge to allow everyone to vote who walks up without ID puts them in a very difficult position. they have no way to validate whether or not they live in the district or confirm who their identity.

What else should we know about the issue?

I am waiting for confirmation on whose data is correct: the voter ID proponents or the opponents, because the actual voter fraud, the amount cities will supposedly have to pay, range all over the map.

-- Keith Thompson, Edina

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I think this is a way to disenfranchise … 55438

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think this is a way to disenfranchise voters. We should not make it harder to vote, but easier. We should be able to vote online! We can bank online--why wouldn't we be able to vote online!?

-- Julie Tinberg, Bloomington

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I plan to vote this way because of all t… 55413

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I plan to vote this way because of all those who would be disenfranchised or faced with an additional barrier to voting because of it. I believe the underlying idea of preventing fraud is worth taking a look at, but proponents need to be open to reworking the idea into a better plan to more directly tackle the problem. From what I understand there is also not a lot of evidence that this type of change would be high-impact when it comes to voter fraud, or actually address what it claims to. Also, MN has high voter turnout and is admired by because of our same day registration, which would effectively end if this gets voted in.

-- Carey Tinkelenberg, Minneapolis

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Minnesota's Constitution should have no … 56001

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Minnesota's Constitution should have no language regarding religion. The State should not define a religious practice.

-- Corey Towne, Mankato

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There has been virtually NO VOTER FRAUD … 55112

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There has been virtually NO VOTER FRAUD in the U.S. No credible study has found fraud of any statistical significance. Thus why is there a cry for change? The Minnesota Majority has tried to invent a voter problem where one does not exist. I find their tactics of fear-by-implication insulting. Conversely the anti-amendment factions have shown example after example of honest hard working people who will be affected. Unlike the imaginary person who commits voter fraud there are many real, honest people who will be ineligable to vote and have additional, unnecessary hurdles to regain that right.

What personal experiences guide you?

As a person who grew up in a fairly poor but stable family I have empathy for those families that are struggling. I was fortunate to have a supportive family and public institutions that made me feel like I was given an opportunity to participate and grow. I understand the problems of having two jobs and getting around via public transportation. Throwing yet another hurdle in front of those less fortunate gains nothing (agian where are the facts to support the need for change) adds yet more burden, and sends the wrong message.

-- Tom Valind, Arden Hills

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This amendment came verbatim from a grou… 56003

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This amendment came verbatim from a group in Texas. The devil is in the details. It bears no relation to the situation in Minnesota where we have almost non existent voter fraud. It will disenfranchise a number of people and add a costly, unnecessary layer of bureaucracy to state government. The U.S. Constitution gives all citizens the right to cast a ballot without restrictions.

What personal experiences guide you?

I grew up in a state with less than savory voting practices. When I moved to Minnesota, I was amazed by the state's open political process. It worked.

More recently, I have served as an Election Judge and know first hand how many elderly, student, military members and just plain citizens who happen to change their address at the wrong time will be surprised and angered when they find that they are ineligible to vote.

What else should we know about the issue?

It isn't getting nearly enough publicity. People seem to think that Voter ID is okay without knowing or understanding the any of the detailed requirements spelled out in the amendment.

-- Kathryn VanBuskirk, North Mankato

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I'm a small government fiscal conservati… 55438

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I'm a small government fiscal conservative who doesn't want my tax money spent on more big government regulations that do nothing. Nobody has come up with a single case of in-person voter impersonation that this would prevent, and it sure won't prevent felons from voting. Pennsylvania admitted there were no cases of in-person voter fraud and they had no reason to expect there to be any. South Carolina was unable to find any cases of dead people voting. Texas could not cite any examples of illegal aliens voting.

This is a partisan attack on the integrity of our elections. Rather than try and win elections by having a message that resonates with the most people, this amendment seeks to take away the right to vote from the weakest in our society who vote against those responsible for this poll tax.

What personal experiences guide you?

My grandmother never learned to drive and lived in the same house for 60 years. My other grandmother has let her license expire due to her inability to drive. She's moved several times in the past year. She is frail and to ask her to buy copies of her birth certificate and marriage licenses and sit at a DMV for hours, and to do it multiple times per year is ridiculous.

I'm also a supervisor election judge for Bloomington. We always get a few people registered by vouching, and if this amendment passes, in the unlikely event that same day registration still exists, those US citizens will be prevented from voting. I've seen parents come in with their 18 year old daughter and vouched for her because she didn't drive. I've seen a woman with a black eye who moved in with her sister get vouched for. I've seen a husband vouch for his wife after they moved into the neighborhood because she didn't have any utility bills with her name on it.

What else should we know about the issue?

It's a misleading question on the ballot. People need to know more about how this is going to change our working election system into a expensive, bloated, inefficient mess that has long lines, people turned away, and delayed and contested results. They also need to know that this is going to end with a number of lawsuits.

-- Peter Wagstrom, Bloomington

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I just think it makes good common sense.… 55128

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

Yes. I just think it makes good common sense.

-- Barb Waldorf

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There's NO NEED for this State-issued ID… 55416

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. There's NO NEED for this State-issued ID card, which a goodly number of persons may/could/might not be able to get - since they have to apply in person, naturally, and some persons simply are not mobile or don't have access to free transportation to get them to one of these ID issuance locations.. I view this as a means to disenfranchise voters who traditionally vote DFL in Minnesota and this is discrimination of the basest kind.

What personal experiences guide you?

As a newly-trained Election Judge, I found out the many, many ways with which a voter can register on the day of the election - always with a photo ID of some kind and a supporting piece of identification showing the current address (to make sure they're in the right polling location).

What else should we know about the issue?

Hmm... don't know off-hand; I do have a Democratic friend who feels having a state-issued ID card is perfectly OK and that those without cars can take public transportation and that the elderly can take Metro Mobility to the issuance location... I'm not in favor of making old folks or those without cars have to dig up ways to appear personally to get this ID card, when they have student ID cards, drivers licenses, current utility bills showing their current addresses, etc. already available, should they need to register on any election day.

-- Julie B. Weaver, Saint Louis Park

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I believe that this amendment is propose… 55114

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I believe that this amendment is proposed to benefit the wealthy and middle class, and to place hardships on U.S. citizens of lower income and immigrants to our country so that their votes won't count or they will be less likely to vote, skewing the elections conservative.

What personal experiences guide you?

Working in the social services has given me most of my opinions about social issues and socioeconomics.

-- Meredith White, St. Paul

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Voter ID is voter suppression. I can't … 55408

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voter ID is voter suppression. I can't believe that it is permitted under our federal constitution and I do believe it is morally wrong. It further disenfranchises the least among us, and is mean-spirited. Those who are uninformed or worse are the only ones who could even consider a "yes" vote to this dispicable constiutional amendment.

What personal experiences guide you?

College students are often forced to move shortly before election day, and the fact that it takes several weeks to establish an address and obtain an ID makes these new voters vulnerable to attack by this amendment. I have, in my younger days, been vouched for, so that I could vote in a presidential election. It matters. Anyone who has been in this position in the past should automatically vote no... but I'm afraid that this is not the case.

-- Audra Williams, Minneapolis

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This is a naked ploy by the advocates to… 55113

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This is a naked ploy by the advocates to suppress the right to vote. There is no pressing reason this is needed, and there is no evidence that this will even prevent the kind of practically nonexistent "voter fraud" that the advocates say it is intended to prevent. Legitimate voters without current ID will be disenfranchised for no reason other than they might be more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans because they are elderly, young, or transient. Worse still, there is no provision for overseas military or other absentee voters being able to vote under this amendment, since there is no way to have substantially similar ID checking by an election official before the absentee ballots are cast.

-- Ross Willits, Roseville

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This amendment will have little effect o… 55103

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. This amendment will have little effect other than to place significant burdens in the way of low-income and minority voters across the state, requiring they come up with the correct documents and make the trip to an ID center to get a very specific ID without which they cannot cast a ballot.

Those who support the amendment say it will prevent voter impersonation, yet the number of Minnesota voter impersonation convictions, if any, is in the single digits (compare this to, at a bare minimum, tens of thousands of voters who will have trouble getting the right ID). They cite the many un-returned address confirmation postcards from same-day registration voting each year as evidence that voter fraud is happening, but that's not evidence of voter fraud. That's evidence of un-returned postcards.

They also say that few do not have an ID, that an ID is required for so many other things like opening a bank account, driving a car, seeing a doctor. That is all true.

But there's a difference between those things and voting. Those things are not constitutionally guaranteed rights. Voting is not a privilege like driving a car, it is a guaranteed right. The proposed same-day registration system is clunky and will not be an easy option for people who can't get an ID. Shortly put, the voter ID amendment is going to place barriers in the way of voting for a large percentage of citizens while stopping a kind of voter fraud that simply does not happen.

-- Leland Wright, Saint Paul

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Voting is the bedrock of democracy. Maki… 55403

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. Voting is the bedrock of democracy. Making it harder to vote goes against generations of work to expand voting rights. From women's suffrage to the Voting Rights Act to expanding the vote to 18 year olds, we've moved forward. Creating a controversy where none existed - there is basically no voter impersonation fraud, none - to limit and exclude some votersjust strikesme as wrong andbackwards. Our wonderful Minnesota system of registration gives us one of the highest rates of voting in the nation. We've had two recent, painstaking recounts and in neither case were votes challenged based on impersonation fraud. Photo ID would not solve the one (still quite rare) form of fraud, which is fellons still "on paper" (parole, etc) voting.

What personal experiences guide you?

I needed a replacemnet birth certificate recently for a passport. The certicicate cost me $50, required a notarized letter and 4 week turnaround. I was not born in Minnesota but born to a Minnesota native. This hassle, expense and delay makes it clear to me that not all who would seek a "free" ID would have a free or easy experience. I also dislike the free reference in the ballot. It will cost the state (ie you and me taxpayers) plenty to implement if this passes.

-- Ralph Wyman, Minneapolis

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I think this is a solution looking for a… 55406

How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I think this is a solution looking for a problem

What personal experiences guide you?

When I was a student at the U of M I tried to vote for my very first time, but was unable. My parents had recently divorced and both had moved out of the town where I was raised. My only ID had my childhood home still listed as the address. I was living in a Professional Fraternity on campus and had no way of proving my residence as I did not pay any of the utilities. I tried to have another voter vouch for me and they still did not allow me to vote. This was an awful experience and I hope others do not have to struggle this much to make their vote count.

-- Julie York, Minneapolis

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How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. I do not have an issue with showing an ID. I have an issue with the reason behind this amendment being to eliminate the poor and elderly from the voting booths. THAT IS DISCRIMINATION AND AGAINST THE LAW. Without our Rights to Vote, how are we different from Iran or countries where ALL people's voice and votes don't count. Also, there NO REAL FRAUD ISSUE TO SOLVE. This is being brought up by people who want to control the majority of the people and we have just as much right as any of them to vote. I will NOT be a party to this.

What personal experiences guide you?

Coming from another country where voting was a joke and not a right and obligation, I take it quite seriously as a US citizen. I also believe that the lower middle class, poor and elderly's voice is being shut out of our elections and THAT IS DISCRIMINATION. Instead of respecting the voice of the Wise and elderly in our communities we want them to disappear. This law would do the same to the poor (growing every day) and middle class (getting smaller every day)and further divide the country further. That is an unforgivable crime.

What else should we know about the issue?

Stop talking to the same people over and over again. Open your debates to others who have a broader perspective and nothing to loose (not in politics) and will speak passionately and truthfully. That is what this station is about.

-- Maryam Yusefzadeh, Mpls

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How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. this is a non-issue seemingly devised to disenfranchise voters who may not have an ID. it's touted as a way to protect the vote, but the incidence of voter fraud is miniscule. some people either can't afford to order or can't afford to take the time off of work in order to obtain the needed documents to get an ID even if it is free. I don't see the absolute need for an ID if you have no reason to drive or otherwise prove who you are. It would seem eerily like making sure you have "your papers" with you.

-- Jeff Zammas, Plymouth

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How do you plan to vote on the voter ID question? Why?

No. First, I don't believe a constitution should take away or abridge rights of the citizenry. Second, I think nationally this effort of voter ID is the Republican effort to eliminate support for demoncrats at the polls.

What personal experiences guide you?

Through my church I participate in the ISAIAH organization and have the opportuntiy to engage with people of color. Hearing their stories and life experiences helps inform me. I also know that the ALEC group has been pushing this legislation around the country and knowing who makes up ALEC tells me that the conservatives want the upper hand, still.

What else should we know about the issue?

I am guessing that it is pretty divided. People who are more conservative think it is okay to show an ID just like cashing a check. My mother and father live in an assisted living facility and moved from Wisconsin. They vote absentee, so how would they have their vote counted not being able to show a picture ID. They are 98 and 97, have voted for 77 and 76 years. I don't think they should be denied the right to vote because of extra hoops to jump through.

-- James Zentner, Inver Grove Heights

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