St. Paul, Minn. (April 28, 2011) – TakeAction Minnesota issued this statement last week in reaction to the Minnesota Senate’s passage of S.F. 509.
“Photo ID legislation passed by the Minnesota Senate today will undo decades of improvements to Minnesota’s outstanding elections system. Not only does this legislation not solve any problems, real or imagined, it would set up a complicated, overly restrictive new system — preventing tens of thousands of eligible, law-abiding Minnesotans from casting their ballot and having it counted.
The photo ID requirement is the opposite of common sense. In fact, you need to have a photo ID in order to obtain one of the photo IDs which would be required to vote! The result will be a virtual brick wall around the voting booth for many Minnesotans, when we should be encouraging all eligible voters to participate.
Voting is a constitutional right, not a privilege. As such, it should be protected instead of making people jump through an arbitrary series of hoops set up for partisan gain. We call on Governor Dayton to veto any photo ID legislation that lands on his desk, to protect Minnesota’s open, fair and clean elections process that is the envy of the nation.”
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