Random Rants: Voter ID
Supporters believe that it is an idea whose time has come, and that it will reduce the number of fraudulent votes that could potentially sway close elections.
Those in opposition believe that the amount of voter fraud is negligible. They also think the number of people who would be discouraged from voting or lose their access to vote would be a greater number than the proven number of fraudulent votes typically cast.
If you just moved to Minnesota and are not fully up to date with your documents, if you are sick or homeless or having mobility problems, or face a language barrier– passing voter ID could create an additional hurdle for you at the polls. In essence, the position of those in opposition is that the law will disproportionally affect those who are vulnerable or are already facing too many hurdles in life.
Supporters believe that a photo ID has become completely mainstream and a necessary part of functioning in society. They believe that it is expected that to participate in matters which pertain uniquely to your affairs – presenting your photo ID protects your property and ensures your rights. By example, should banks require the only proof of identity needed to access your accounts is a recent utility bill or someone to vouch for you? No, but that is what is currently required for someone to cast their vote in Minnesota. The new law would also require the state to provide a photo ID to those who can’t purchase their own.
Is acquiring a photo ID an unreasonable burden that will suppress voter turnout? Is voter fraud or the potential of it worth addressing through tighter requirements?
The public will visit the polls on November 6th and give their answer.
How will you vote?
The opinions expressed in Random Rants are solely those of the author and do not represent the opinions or viewpoints of NAIOP Minnesota, its leadership or its staff.