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Remember to vote no twice on Nov. 6

Published 9:22am Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Updated 11:25am Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The two constitutional amendments appearing on your ballot on Nov. 6 are a disgrace to the state of Minnestoa and should be voted down.

The first one, the Marriage Amendment, should be turned down because the amendment is just plain wrong for this state.

Minnesota is not a state of discrimination. We are a state of inclusion, not exclusion. For us to put a purely discriminatory law into our Constitution is just not Minnesotan.

It doesn’t matter how you feel about marriage between a man and a woman. The law against that is already on the books in Minnesota. The question is should we be writing discrimination into the Constitution? The U.S. Constitution in the Fourteenth Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Isn’t the right to marry a liberty? Isn’t denying them that right a denial of equal protection of the law? The only thing this marriage amendment does is turn the Minnesota Constitution into a document of discrimination. That’s not what we Minnesotans are about.

The second amendment on the ballot is called the Voter ID Amendment. This is so poorly written that for that reason alone it should be stricken down and forgotten about.

At the very least it should be voted down and sent back to the legislature to be written more clearly and spelled out exactly how it is to work, who is to pay for it and how, and then bring it back to the voters if they choose.

Right now, we don’t know how it would be implemented. We only know that the cost of implementing it will be on the backs of cities and counties that can ill afford it without significantly raising our property taxes.

It will end same-day voter registration. It will hamper students away at college from voting because their Student IDs rarely have an address on them, their licenses, should they have one, will no longer match their address as most likely their driver’s license is issued to their parent’s address.

It will cost seniors in nursing homes their right to vote and active duty military personnel stationed outside of the state of Minnesota.

How can you show Minnesota a photo ID if you are 2,000 miles away?

If the photo IDs are supposed to be free to the individual getting one who’s going to pay for it? That’s right, you and me and everyone else, in their property taxes. It’s not free.

This amendment was rushed through without the full consequences of it being thought through. Send it back with a resounding no. Let the legislature take it back up and write it properly so we know what we’re voting on. Would you approve a multi-million dollar expense at work without knowing what you were going to get out of it? No you wouldn’t.


Rea Sasseville

Fergus Falls


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