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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s Statement Regarding House taking up Constitutional Amendment on the Floor today
Posted Date: 3/20/2012

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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s Statement Regarding House taking up Constitutional Amendment on the Floor today:

I am very surprised by the legislature’s rush to pass the Constitutional Amendment that would end same day registration and require some voters to show government-issued photo ID. Since we are in the midst of negotiating a cost-effective non-partisan alternative that would not disenfranchise any senior citizens or military personnel.  I wonder what the rush is? There are still at least 6 more weeks for the legislators to complete their work and many questions as to the impact of this proposal are still unanswered. So far we do not know the cost of creating the new provisional voting bureaucracy included in this bill, nor have we been told how many days election results will be delayed as a result. These questions and many others need to be answered before there can be an honest debate about such radical changes to Minnesota's elections.  Perhaps this rush to vote is due to the fact that some do not want the public to know that this bill is no longer a bill about photo ids or visual verification of voters- in fact many voters would be exempt from this requirement. This bill is designed to take away same day registration from 100% of Minnesota's voters and I know the voters do not support that kind of change.