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In  2011  billed  passed  by  the  Legislature  and  vetoed  by  Governor  Dayton,  Military  IDs  were  excluded   ST.  PAUL  (October  14,  2012)  —  Our  Vote  Our  Future,  the  official  statewide  campaign  to  defeat  the   Voter  Restriction  Amendment  issued  the  following  statement  from  Communications  Director  Eric   Fought:     “The  87th  Legislature  passed  two  bills  related  to  voting  and  elections  in  Minnesota.  In  2011,  S.F.   509,  a  voter  restriction  bill  also  authored  by  State  Representative  Mary  Kiffmeyer  in  the  House,   expressly  did  not  include  military  IDs  as  a  valid  form  of  identification  for  the  purposes  of  a  photo   ID  requirement.       “When  the  Legislature  passed  the  Voter  Restriction  Amendment,  whose  chief  author  was  also  Rep.   Kiffmeyer  in  the  House,  it  failed  to  exempt  military  service  members  from  the  requirements  of  the   amendment.  Other  states  that  have  passed  this  requirement  —  including  Alabama,  Kansas,   Pennsylvania  and  Wisconsin  —  saw  fit  to  safeguard  the  rights  of  active-­‐duty  military.  If  it  were   obvious  that  their  rights  were  safeguarded  under  federal  law,  why  did  these  states  take  the  step  of   explicitly  exempting  them?  And  why  did  the  Legislature  in  Minnesota  fail  to?     “Supporters  of  the  Voter  Restriction  Amendment  are  asking  Minnesotans  to  trust  them:  pass  this   amendment  with  no  specifics,  and  we’ll  fill  in  the  details  later.  But  these  are  the  same  people  who   in  2011  and  2012,  expressly  failed  to  safeguard  the  rights  of  active-­‐duty  military  to  vote.  There  are   too  many  unanswered  questions  in  this  poorly-­‐written  amendment.  Minnesotans  will  respond  by   voting  no  and  sending  this  ill-­‐conceived  amendment  back  to  the  Legislature  to  get  it  right.”         ###     Our  Vote  Our  Future  is  the  statewide  multi-­‐partisan  campaign  to  defeat  the  voter  restriction  amendment   that  will  appear  on  Minnesota’s  November  6,  2012  general  election  ballot.  For  more  information,  please   visit  www.OurVoteOurFuture.org  or  follow  @OurVoteMN.    

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