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Letter: Dr. Porter's elders are eligible voters

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Dr. James Porter obviously did not read the text of the bill proposing the amendment to the Minnesota Constitution; as he incorrectly stated. "The type of ID is not identified in the amendment." The amendment reads under Article VII, Section 1, (b) "All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic identification before receiving a ballot. The state must issue photographic identification at no charge to an eligible voter who does not have a form of identification meeting the requirements of this section. A voter unable to present government-issued photographic identification must be permitted to submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot must only be counted if the voter certifies the provisional ballot in the manner provided by law." (c) "All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted."

Dr. Porter also incorrectly stated that, "Minnesota election system already includes multiple safeguards that confirm every voter's eligibility and identity prior to casting their ballots."

Why then, Dr. Porter, did Minnesota have 17,000 more votes cast in 2008 than registered voters (even including all the same day registrations)? I can tell you why; a notorious Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie had dismantled the state's ballot reconciliation program, which previously required voting districts to validate the number of votes cast against the number of ballots issued. Dr. Porter needs to do a better job of fact checking as only 2.9 million Minnesotans voted in 2008 not 3.7 million as he reported.

Minnesota's lax election system, lacking a definite identification requirement to register or to vote, provides a window for fraudulent voting by use of false identities and/or addresses. Undeliverable postal verification cards (PVCs) returned under certain circumstances is a strong indicator of this variety of fraudulent voting activity. From the undeliverable PVCs in 2008 in MN 6,224 people who registered and voted on Election Day could not be found as the name and or address never existed and remain in challenged voter status today. However, there votes were counted as there is no way to know which ballot was cast by an illegal voter. To read this study please paste this site into your browser: http://wewantvoterid.com/documents/2012_PVC_Report_Final.pdf

No, Dr. Porter, your elders in the nursing home will not be illegals; they will have no problem voting.

The facility already has picture IDs of their patients and can vouch for their identity and the same goes for all military personnel you are concerned about.

Richard L. Bogaard

Park Rapids

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