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"The Consensus" Fact Sheet

"The Consensus" Fact Sheet

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Published by: Our Vote Our Future Minnesota on Oct 26, 2012
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 “THE CONSENSUS” OUR VOTE OUR FUTURETV: 30
 AD SCRIPT: THE FACTS:
Governor Carlson:
This Voter Restriction Amendmentis way too costly.
Governor Dayton:
And it would keep thousands of seniors from voting.
Governor Carlson:
It would also cost local communitiestens of millions of dollars just tostart.
Governor Dayton:
And it will make it harder for activeduty military to vote, too.
Governor Carlson:
Also, we'd have to create an entirelynew elections system.
Governor Dayton:
And it basically ends same-dayregistration.
Governor Carlson:
If you're a Democrat, Republican or Independent, please Vote No.This is not good for Minnesota.
Governor Dayton:
Send it back to the legislature andmake them get it right. Please Vote No.
FACT: The Voter Restriction Amendment fails to provide safeguards for Minnesota seniors who arehomebound and living in nursing homes.
 
All states with photo ID laws have exemptions, including absentee voters, low-income votersand voters living in nursing homes.
Minnesota’s proposed amendment–requiring that
all 
votershave “substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification”–leaves no room for suchexemptions. Any remedy to assure that absentee voters can vote will have to come in supportinglegislation. [Citizens for Election Integrity, 10/24/12]
 
Absentee voters, like retirees who winter in warmer climates as well as military personnel andthose living overseas, are at risk based on the bill vetoed in 2011.
Under that measure, only IDsincluding an individual’s address (i.e. a Minnesota Driver’s License, Minnesota ID card or the proposed Minnesota Voter Photo ID card) were listed as valid for voting–which excluded U.S.Passports and Military IDs. [Citizens for Election Integrity, 10/24/12] [S.F. 509, 5/21/11]
 
Other states have provided exemptions for the elderly and voters living in nursing homes.
These states include Pennsylvania, Alabama, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Rhode Island, Texas andSouth Carolina provide exemptions for all absentee voters. [ National Council of State Legislatures,7/2012]
FACT: The Voter Restriction Amendment will cost local governments tens of millions of dollars just tostart.
 
Professor David Schultz of Hamline University and the nonpartisan Citizens for ElectionIntegrity estimated the following costs:
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State Costs: $10–14 million
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8.25 million over four years to produce “free” IDs
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1.7 to 5 million for voter education and outreach
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Local Costs: $26.5–63.6 million
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Provisional balloting, electronic rosters for polling places, and converting mail-in precincts to in-person precincts.

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