To the Editor:
Reading the Martin County Auditor's concerns about the voter ID constitutional amendment reinforced my opinion that this amendment should not be added to our Minnesota constitution. He pointed out that once this is in the constitution, it is difficult to change, even if there are changes in technology, or problems in implementation.
Everyone should go to www.revisor.mn.gov/laws and select the 2012 regular session, click on chapter 167 and read the text of the amendment (which will not be on the ballot). It is much more complicated than the ballot language appears.
No one has shown there is a voter impersonation problem in Minnesota that voter ID will correct.
It would generate thousands of provisional ballots, and delay voting results for an unknown length of time.
It would prohibit persons under guardianship from voting, which is a change from current law, where a judge makes that determination on a case by case basis.
It would cost between $30 million and $50 million, with most of the cost born by cities and townships.
It would prevent many senior citizens from voting. It would prevent many disabled people from voting. It would discourage the poor and the young from voting. There is no provision for military serving overseas to obtain ballots by mail.
My prediction, if this passes, is that Martin and Faribault County election judges would have to turn away people from voting that they have known for years, solely because they didn't have the right piece of plastic.
This is why the American Association of Retired Persons, League of Women Voters, ARC Minnesota, Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities all oppose the amendment.
Join me in voting no on the voter ID amendment on Nov 6.
Kim A. Shaffer