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Letter: My family's elders are not illegal voters

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Richard Bogaard (Oct. 10 Enterprise) says voter fraud is the reason we need a Minnesota Voter ID law, insinuating ballots cast by undocumented workers, felons and the deceased has lessened the integrity of our election system. Fortunately in Minnesota, ineligible voting is prosecuted and our county attorneys have worked diligently in response to accusations supported by Mr. Bogaard and Rep. Dave Hancock, who are manipulating the system for their own gain. These taxpayer funded investigations uncovered 0.00005 percent of ineligible votes cast in 2008 out of about 3,700,000 total voters.

Mr. Bogaard goes on to say that we need a "legitimate" Voter ID, but the types of ID permitted are not identified in the amendment. Fortunately, our Minnesota election system already includes multiple safeguards that confirm every voter's eligibility and identity prior to casting their ballots.  In its place, this amendment would raise property taxes by creating a $50 million unfunded mandate. This amendment also fails to safeguard the provisional voting rights for our young people attending school away from home, our troops stationed overseas and our senior or disabled citizens living in nursing facilities who use absentee ballots.

My mother and father-in-law are both disabled, do not drive and live in nursing facilities. Their senior home "ID" may not be recognized as "legitimate" and getting to the county election office for their "free ID" or biennial eligibility verification would be an enormous hardship. According to Mr. Bogaard's illiberal definition, these members of my family are by default "illegals," which is loathsome and far from the truth.

I believe there are too many flaws in the proposed amendment and we should not constitutionally prevent any eligible voter from casting their ballot. This is why I am voting no on Nov. 6 and urge you to do the same.

Dr. James Porter

Park Rapids

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