Many untruths surround election amendment [UPDATED]Published 1:47pm Monday, October 8, 2012 Updated 3:49pm Monday, October 8, 2012
There are many untruths being circulated by opponents of the proposed constitutional amendment to protect Minnesotans’ election process from fraud and abuse.
It seems, from reading the Daily Journal’s editorial of Sunday, Sept. 30, titled “Cost of voter ID program is too steep,” that your paper has accepted these untruths as valid and honest arguments.
I have done some fact checking by reading the legislation which produced this proposed amendment to protect our voting rights. First, you assert that costs to implement photo ID, and potential disenfranchisement of voters, outweigh the need to eliminate voter fraud.
If you had actually read the legislation you would learn that the legislature has already allocated funds for existing townships, cities, and counties to provide photo IDs to voters who presently lack them.
This will not, as you say, create more work for government, it will change efforts of government, from allowing just anyone to walk up and vote with no proof of eligibility, to actually protect voting by identifying eligible voters.
Other bogus claims that military voters will not be able to vote are countered by portions of the new process which will protect the military’s right to vote, versus the shameful actions of our Secretary of State when he refused to count thousands of military absentee voters in the Franken/Coleman recount, thus causing a tainted outcome.
I have relatives who live in local nursing homes, and I know that local voting officials visit those places to register voters and to conduct on-site balloting.
Provisions of the new law will fund the necessary photo equipment to generate the required IDs for residents.
Newlyweds who haven’t yet changed their names or addresses on their driver licenses? The law provides for that and makes certain only that the person voting matches the face on the ID. Later provisions will allow for electronically scanning the ID at the time of voting to prevent a voter from voting multiple times.
You say that if our election system isn’t broke, don’t fix it. If you were actually paying attention, you would learn that Minnesota leads all the other States in persons charged with and convicted for voter fraud.
Our system is like a leaky boat, and if we don’t plug the holes, we will be swamped by effluent and rigged outcomes.
We expect that your editorials will be honest. You have the right to express your own opinion, but don’t base your opinions on invented “facts” of people who want no controls on the process which allows us control over our government, the right to vote.