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Voter ID doesn’t cause disenfranchisement

May 18, 2012
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

Other states that have implemented a photo ID requirement to vote have seen voter participation increase. Clearly, greater confidence in the system leads to greater, not lesser turnout.

Look at Indiana, considered to have the strictest voter ID law in the country. Their law went to the Supreme Court, which found not a single person who would be unable to vote because of the Voter ID law.

While some Minnesotans currently lack ID, that's not a permanent situation. The Voter ID amendment requires the state to provide ID at no charge.

Voters who have changed addresses recently, including students, will be able to present an ID with their former address along with a renewal slip showing the voters' current address in the precinct, or provide other proof of residence. The amendment does not require a person's ID to bear their current address.

Voters who run into difficulty and who need more time to obtain a renewal slip or new license, state ID or voter ID card will be provided a provisional ballot, allowing them a full additional week to obtain the necessary ID and present it to have their ballot counted.

Voters are sometimes turned away without the chance to vote under our current laws. Provisional ballots will ensure everyone has a chance to vote, no matter their circumstances.

It is important to secure integrity in our elections and the Voter ID amendment is the most efficient way to ensure that.

Krista Ordemann

Marshall

 
 

 

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