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Take another look at Voter ID

Published 1:50pm Monday, October 8, 2012 Updated 3:51pm Monday, October 8, 2012

Minnesota would create an extreme voting restriction for seniors, lock in outdated technology and cause higher local taxes for everyone if the Voter ID Amendment passes.

There’s been a good amount of new information on problems with the proposed Voter ID amendment and some misconceptions that need clearing up.

While supporters will say that more than a dozen others states have Voter ID laws, they fail to mention that only one other state — Mississippi — has made it a constitutional amendment. And that amendment offers flexibility absent in the Minnesota Amendment.

Voter ID laws have been turned back by courts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri and Texas.

Many Minnesota voters are seeing flaws in the amendment as polls have decidedly been moving in favor of rejection. The latest Minnesota Poll by the Star Tribune shows barely a majority of those polled — 52 percent — still support the amendment. A little more than a year ago, support was about 80 percent.

— Mankato Free Press

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