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Voterid Faq

Voterid Faq

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Published by: Kevin Watterson on Mar 08, 2012
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Know the Facts.

Photo ID

1. How will Photo ID work in Minnesota? Voters will be asked to verify their iden ty at the me of vo ng by presen ng a photo ID. If an eligible voter does not have a photo ID, the state will provide one at no charge. If an eligible voter does not have a photo ID on elec on day, they will be able to cast a provisional ballot. 2. What if I am a senior ci zen and do not have a birth cer ficate or marriage license - will I be able to acquire a photo ID in order to vote? Yes. If someone does not have the documenta on needed to acquire a state ID card or driver’s license, they can receive a variance from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. It is a one page form that simply asks for your name and address, the reason you need a variance and any suppor ng documenta on you may have to prove your iden ty such as a social security number. 3. What if I can’t afford the cost of ge ng a photo ID? If you are an eligible voter and do not already have a government issued photo ID, the state will provide one for you free of charge. 4. What types of government-issued IDs will be accepted at the polls? . Government-issued IDs include but are not limited: driver’s license, state ID card , military ID and tribal ID card. 5. Do I have to have my current address on my photo ID in order to vote one elec on day? No. College students, nursing home residents and people who do not have their photo ID on elec on day will all be able to have their vote counted. See below. 6. What I am a student and my photo ID does not match my current residence, such as my college dorm? All colleges and universi es in Minnesota currently send a roster of students living in campus housing to the county auditor for use in elec on day registra on. A student whose name appears on the roster from the university simply needs to show a valid photo ID verifying their iden ty (not their residence) in order to obtain a ballot and vote. Students also have the op on to vote absentee in their home precinct in Minnesota or their home state. 7. What if I am living in a nursing home, group home or shelter and my photo ID does not match the address of residence? Unless the nursing home or shelter is also a polling place, the residents will not be vo ng “in person” and will not have to show photo ID. Temporary residents of a nursing home or shelter who have a photo ID but the address does not match will be able to demonstrate residency in the same way they do now. 8. What if I do not have my photo ID on elec on day at the polls, will I s ll be able to vote? Yes. If you do not have a valid photo ID on elec on day, you will s ll be able to cast a provisional ballot. Voters who cast provisional ballots will have me to verify their iden ty with a local elec on official between elec on day and the official cer fica on of the elec on. Once a voter’s iden ty is verified, their provisional ballot will be counted.

Know the Facts.

Photo ID

9. Will I s ll be able to register on elec on day and how will that work? Yes. The photo ID amendment will not affect people registering on elec on day. Elec on day registra on will s ll be available, and those with a valid photo ID will cast their ballot as usual. Those who are able to register on elec on day without a photo ID will be given a provisional ballot. 10. Will I s ll be able to vote using an absentee ballot or mail ballot and how will that work? Yes. Very li le will change with absentee ballo ng. Absentee voters may be asked to include a driver’s license or other ID card number on the absentee ballot so that eligibility and iden ty can be verified. 11. What if I have a religious objec on to having my photo on an ID card? The US Supreme Court has upheld photo ID laws that make valid cons tu onal excep ons. For example, if you have a religious objec on to being photographed, provisions can be made for a non-photographic ID. These include government-issued ID cards with a fingerprint in place of the photo, or the words “valid without photo.” The Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services currently provides an excep on for such individuals when applying for a government-issued ID. People who fill out the form will be granted a variance when applying for a state-issued ID card. 12. Why are we passing a solu on in search of a problem? There is no proof of elec on fraud. There is evidence of fraud in Minnesota and flagrant examples of elec on fraud occurring in other states. We must protect the legi macy of our elec ons and the importance of Minnesota’s interest in coun ng only the votes of eligible voters. Two enacted federal statutes (The Na onal Voter Registra on Act, 1993 and Help America Vote Act, 2000) have made it necessary for states to re-examine their elec on procedures. Both contain provisions consistent with a state’s choice to use government-issued photo iden fica on as a relevant source of informa on concerning a ci zen’s eligibility to vote. 13. Isn’t this a poll tax? No. A similar argument was made against Indiana’s Photo ID Law in 2008. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that requiring photo iden fica on is not a poll tax, and that presen ng photo iden fica on is not “even a significant increase over the usual burdens of vo ng.” (Crawford vs Marion County) 14. Isn’t this a par san a empt to limit DFL voters? No. This about elec on integrity. While some may favor and advocate for this issue more strongly than others, this is about protec ng the interests of the state and its elec on system. In state’s that enacted photo ID, voter turnout actually increased. 15. Doesn’t this just disenfranchise people? The requirements of photo ID apply equally across all popula ons. Per a Supreme Court decision, individual circumstances that may make photo ID burdensome to some do not equal disenfranchisement. However, disenfranchisement does exist when an ineligble voter is able to cast a ballot, which disenfranchises an eligibile voter who follows the requirements of the law by cancelling out that person’s a ballot.

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