Dear Legislative Leaders: We, as people of faith in the state of Minnesota, urge you not to put a voter ID amendment on the

ballot. People of faith believe that all human life is sacred. In virtually all faith traditions, God creates humans with dignity and value. God intends people to participate in the human community, and to be able to do so with inherent respect. We believe that democracy is most complete—and therefore most powerful—when it embraces people on the margins of society. We believe that democracy at its best engages participation from the most diverse and gifted gathering of God’s whole people. In face of these values, the proposed voter ID referendum in Minnesota seeks to reduce the number of people who participate in our democracy. Passage of the proposed referendum would primarily reduce voters of color, the elderly, students, poor and non-English-speaking voters. Effectively this gives more influence to a smaller number of wealthy, privileged and primarily White voters. Furthermore, passage of the referendum would effectively eliminate voting as a right, making it a privilege instead. People of faith recognize the proposed referendum as an attack on democracy, reducing participation rather than expanding it. It would also increase government expense and power, requiring an expanded system to evaluate and process voter IDs. A deeply troubling implication recognized by people of faith is that the proposed referendum would reduce the number of people of color who could vote. One of the primary objectives of the civil rights campaign in the US was voter registration. In its attack on citizens’ right to vote, the proposed referendum seeks to increase “white power,” and would dangerously isolate White America from an increasingly diverse and gifted world. People of faith see the proposed referendum as profoundly cynical and backward. Additionally, the proposed referendum would reduce the number of poor people who could vote, for it will be people of limited economic resource, limited time and limited mobility who will have most difficulty obtaining voter identification cards. By reducing the number of poor who vote, the proposed referendum seeks to increase the political power and influence of the wealthiest and most privileged classes of our society. It is for these reasons that we urge our legislative leaders to not put the Voter ID amendment on the 2012 ballot and ensure that Minnesota continues a proud legacy of high voter turnout and participation in our democracy.

Barbara Thomalla, OSM Anne Attean, Pastoral Associate Bishop Fred Washington Cindy Boggs, Pastoral Associate Deacon David Lindmeier Elder Alfred Babington-Johnson Fr. Don Piche Br. John Kerr Pr. Linda McPeak Pr. Michelene Verlautz Pr. Patrick Cabello Hansel Rabbi Adam Spilker Rabbi Amy Eilberg Rabbi Avi Olitzky Rabbi David Locketz Rabbi David Wirtschafter Rabbi Esther Adler Rabbi Harold Kravitz Rabbi Melissa Simon Rabbi Michael Latz Rabbi Morris Allen Rabbi Norman Cohen Rabbi Shosh Dworsky Rabbi Sim Glaser, Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff Rev. Allan Negstad Rev. Anita Hill Rev. Anne Hokenstad Rev. Aretta-Rie Johnson Rev. Barbara Winter Martin Rev. Becky Sechrist Rev. Bruce C. Arnevik Rev. Chris Becker Rev. Chris Duckworth Rev. Dana Reynolds Rev. Diane M. Roth Rev. Dr. Charles Gill Rev. Dr. James A. Siefkes

Servants of Mary, Vadnais Heights Ascension Church, Minneapolis Minnesota Jurisdictional Prelate COGIC Policy Board Member: His Works United, Minneapolis Church of the Ascension, Minneapolis Church of St. Peter, St. Cloud CEO Stairstep Foundation, Policy Board Member, His Works United, Minneapolis St. Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove St. Bridget Church, Minneapolis St. Johns Lutheran Church, Shakopee Augustana Lutheran Church, Minneapolis St. Paul Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning Beth El Congregation, St Louis Park Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka Jewish Community Action Hamline University Wesley Center Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis Beth Jacob Congregation, Mendota Heights Bet Shalom Congregation, Minnetonka Carleton College, Associate Chaplain for Interfaith Life Temple Israel, St Paul Adath Jeshurun, Minnetonka Evangelical Lutheran Church in America St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Richfield Resurrection Temple Church, St. Paul Non-Denominational, Sortell Good Samaritan UMC, Edina St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights Grace Lutheran Church, St. Paul Michael Servetus Unitarian Church, Fridley Woodlake Lutheran Church, Richfield Pilgrim Missionary Baptist, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Dr. Paul Sponheim Rev. Gary Dreier Rev. Grant Stevensen Rev. James Erlandson Rev. Jane McBride Rev. Jen Nagel Rev. Jin Kim Rev. Joanne Sylvander Rev. Joetta Schlabach Rev. Jonathan Zielske Rev. Joo H. Kim Rev. Karen Stevensen Rev. Keith Olstad Rev. Laurie Eaton Rev. Lawrence Pray Rev. Lee Snook Rev. Mark Vinge Rev. Mary Albing Rev. Patricia Lull Rev. Paul Slack Rev. Paul Tideman Rev. Ralph Baumgartner Rev. Roland Hayes Rev. Roy Vanderwerf Rev. Sandy Dodson Rev. Stacey Gassman Rev. Stan Sledz Rev. Sue Tjornehoj Rev. Suzan Ireland Rev. Tara Bauer Rev. Trudy Cretsinger Rev. Wendy Jerome Roxanne Smith, Social Justice Dir. Sister Amata Miller Sister Betty Kenny, OSF Sister Gert Brixius Sister Ramona Miller

Luther Seminary, St. Paul Christ Lutheran on Capitol Hill, St. Paul St. Matthews Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, St. Paul First Congregational Church of MN UCC, Minneapolis Salem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Church of All Nations, Minneapolis United Church of Christ Faith Mennonite Church, Minneapolis Hope Lutheran Church, St. Paul Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Paul St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church, St. Paul Our Saviours Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Union Theological Seminary, Minneapolis Luther Seminary, St. Paul House of Hope Lutheran Church, New Hope Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, Minneapolis St. Paul Area Council of Churches, Executive Director, St. Paul New Creation Church, Minneapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Paul Galilee Lutheran Church, Roseville St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Roseville Champlin United Methodist Church, Champlin Mayflower, St. Paul First Congregational Church of MN , UCC Maplewood Director, Evangelical Mission-Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA, Minneapolis Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Minneapolis Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Paul Unitarian Universalist St. Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove St. Catherine University, St. Paul Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester St. Bridget's Church, Minneapolis Assisi Height, Rochester

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