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Letter: Vote no for Voter ID Amendment

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Carefully read the Voter ID Amendment you are voting on as there are no provisions for absentee voting of any kind.

The wording of the full amendment reads as follows:

"Section 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSED.

An amendment to the Minnesota Constitution is proposed to the people. If the amendment is adopted, article VII section 1 will read:

Section 1. (a) Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following person shat not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements: a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights: a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

(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 provide 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.

Sec. 2. SUBMISSION TO VOTERS.

(A) The proposed amendment must be submitted to the people at the 2012 general election. If approved the amendment is effective July 1, 2013 for all voting at elections scheduled to be conducted Nov. 5, 2013, and thereafter. The question submitted must be:

"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters effective July 1, 2013."

There were four amendments voted on to add absentee voting and all fall on a party line vote. Please vote no!

Pat Ward

Bagley

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