Vote no on voter registration [UPDATED]Published 11:13am Thursday, November 1, 2012 Updated 1:16pm Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Voter Restriction Amendment is harmful and misleading. It’s designed to lure Minnesotans into voting for something that:
• Creates an unfunded mandate that will cost state and local governments upwards of $50 million to implement and will increase property taxes on residents. Seeks to dismantle our successful 40 year history of Election Day registration.
• Sets up a complicated new system of provisional balloting. These are votes that probably won’t get counted. Residents don’t have time to take hours off work to go back and cast a ballot down at the county after the election is over.
And unlike other states, this amendment — as written — fails to safeguard the voting rights of our seniors in nursing homes and our troops protecting our democracy.
We may not know exactly how much this will cost our cities and counties. But one thing is clear it will raise property taxes.
Minnesota is unique. Time and again, we have the highest voter turnout in the country. Minnesota has a proud history of fair and accessible elections. We have a System that protects the right to vote for every eligible Minnesota voter. Indeed, we have the best, most effective elections system in the country – leading the nation in voter participation, the hallmark of a thriving democracy.
It is wrong for legislators who placed this on the ballot to manipulate voting laws for their own gain. State legislators who put this on the November ballot are unnecessarily restricting the voting rights of eligible Minnesota voters, making it harder for hundreds of thousands to vote.
This is wrong for Minnesota. Vote no on voter restriction on Nov. 6.