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Is It Voter ID or Voter Suppression?

September 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Voter ID Poster

That’s the topic Sherri Knuth, Public Policy Coordinator and chief lobbyist for the League of Women Voters MN, addresses at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street W, in Northfield on Sept. 29 at 7 pm.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Northfield & Cannon Falls invites the community to hear Knuth explain the League’s opposition to this pending constitutional amendment.

The issue strikes at the heart of the LWV’s mission, and Leagues across the country are taking a strong stand against measures commonly identified as “voter ID laws.” The public is invited to learn why the LWV members are opposed to such voting restrictions. Explored will be these questions:

  • Why do so many consider this pending amendment to Minnesota’s constitution a significant reversal of what was won in the Voting Rights Act of 1964?
  • Why do those who would be negatively affected include the elderly, college students, the handicapped, members of the military, and the poor?
  • How prevalent is voter impersonation in MN? How common is it for ineligible voters to cast a ballot?
  • What’s next after Governor Dayton’s veto?

Questions and answers follow Knuth’s address.

Busing (download schedule) will be provided from St. Olaf, Carleton, and senior housing locations in Northfield (beginning at the colleges at 6 pm). Childcare and a Spanish interpreter will be provided. For further information, call 507-645-4058.

Comments

  • September 18 2011 at 9:33 am
    Shodo Spring

    Thank you for addressing this important issue. I was in Indiana when they passed the voter suppression (oops, ID) act. People kept saying nobody had been disenfranchised by it. Without even trying, I personally knew two people: a person who had never needed his citizenship papers (from age 3, from Canada) until this requirement, and couldn't afford the $200 to get them. A very old guy who had been active in local politics for decades, came to the polls without his ID. His caregiver promised to take him home to get it - but they never came back.

    When I returned to Minnesota, I had to get a copy of my marriage license, divorce papers, name change papers, and of course my birth certificate. This was for a driver's license, but I couldn't vote without it. 

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