Vote your conscience. That's always the right thing to do, and it's the advice state Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, is giving when it comes to Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment requiring citizens to present a photo ID in order to vote.
Gunther defended the proposal at a recent gathering in Fairmont. He said the issue has moved beyond the realm of the state Legislature and is now in the hands of voters, who will resolve the issue Nov. 6. We do live in a constitutional democracy, and the people have the power to amend the fundamental document by which their state operates. Objections have been raised to putting voter ID?on the ballot and obstacles have been thrown up, but none have succeeded. The people will decide.
What should they know? Voting is a basic right of citizenship, but how do you know someone is a citizen and is eligible to vote? Every voter should be concerned about fraud. Each case of fraud diminishes every legitimate vote. Is fraud rampant? Does it matter? Isn't every instance a threat to democratic tenets? If some fraud is acceptable, how much? It is surprising in this day and age of extremely close outcomes - anyone remember Florida 2000 or the Coleman-Franken recount? - that there is even a debate about fraud. It should be rooted out.
Critics point out that implementing voter ID?may cause some people to quit voting, because of hassles getting a picture ID. We believe that those critics will be the first to volunteer to help ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote gets what they need to do so.
Voter ID?isn't scary, it's sensible.