VOTE YES! Our focus is raising money for the advertising campaign for passage of the Voter ID amendment on the Minnesota November 6, 2012 ballot.
Voter ID for MN believes that an educated voter will vote YES on the Voter ID amendment, because they will know about the problems of unidentified voters and fraudulent voting currently not caught by Minnesota’s present election system.
We believe in protecting every legal vote cast in Minnesota elections.
The requirements of Voter ID apply equally across all populations.
The Supreme Court has ruled that via a Supreme Court decision that individual circumstances that may make photo ID burdensome to some do not equal disenfranchisement.
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Below is a letter that was sent out to constituents of Representative Mary Kiffmeyer, chief author on the Voter ID amendment and also Minnesota's past Secretary of State. We applaud her work to increase the integrity of our elections.
As the chief author of the Photo ID Constitutional Amendment I am pleased to let you know that it has passed both the House and Senate. Minnesotans will be asked the following question on their November ballot: "Shall the Minnesotan Constitution be amended to require all voters to present a valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?"
Since 1858, our Minnesota Constitution has been amended over 120 times, most recently in 2006. If passed by the people, Minnesotans will be required to use their photo identification in order to vote, as is the case in dozens of other states and was upheld by the US Supreme Court. The amendment would add integrity and keep same-day voter registration, absentee balloting, voting by mail and also allow for provisional ballots for those who show up on election day and do not have their photo ID.
Currently 43 states use provisional ballots. Minnesota is one of only 7 states that do not. In Wisconsin, a state with similar voting laws and population to Minnesota, there were 271 provisional ballots cast statewide in 2006. In Tennessee on March 12, 2012, with the new photo ID law there were 285 provisional ballots cast statewide which was .004% of voters.
Minnesota is one of only 2 states in the nation that allow vouching, and it is the only state that permits a single voter to vouch for up to 15 unidentified voters, and in some circumstances, an unlimited number of voters.
In addition, Minnesota has more voter fraud convictions than any other state in the country. It is time for Minnesota to protect honest voters with a photo ID requirement.
In every court where Photo ID was challenged, not one case of voter disenfranchisement was documented so we have confidence that with this policy every eligible voter will be able to vote.
As we legislators had the opportunity to have our say on this issue, now every voter will have the opportunity to have their say on the photo ID constitutional amendment on this November's ballot.
Our efforts on this legislation are meant to add integrity to our voter registration system making sure we continue to keep it easy to vote, but making it harder to cheat.
As always I welcome your comments,
Representative Mary Kiffmeyer