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Poll: Is the Voter ID Amendment Necessary, or a Political Ploy?

Minnesota voters will have a chance to vote on the issue in November; Patch readers can debate the issue now.

Should proof-of-identity be required at the voting booth?

Republicans, in general, say "yes." They point out that people are often required to show their identification: When purchasing alcoholic beverages, when boarding a plane, when using a credit card, when pulled over by the police for a traffic violation.

Why not require positive identification, then, before stepping into the voting both—that most sacred right in a democracy?

Democrats, in general, say "no." They say requiring voter ID is a solution in search of a problem. They point out that aside from a few isolated incidents, there's been no evidence of voter fraud, and they worry that such proposals are simply a way of keeping the poor, and ethnic minoriites, out of the voting booth (and therefore boosting chances of a GOP victory in November).

In Minnesota, a state more or less evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, the issue will be on the ballot this November. But a passionate debate is already under way. Please vote in our poll, and explain your reasoning in the comments below.

mark October 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
We need voter ID. Just one fraudulent vote is too many for me.
Bob October 06, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Vote No. It is wrong to use the Constittution to abridge my right to vote.
Bob October 06, 2012 at 10:51 PM
even if it means 10,000s of eligible voters are inconvienced and it cost millions of dollars to implement. maybe the money would be better spent either addressing serious voter fraud or those groups that are trying to buy elections.
Katie Larson October 31, 2012 at 02:59 AM
People who live in nursing homes and no longer drive would have very little need for an I.D. but still have the right to vote.
Smokin' Joe October 31, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The new poster child of a clueless politician who has no shame and counts on us having no memory is Gov. Dayton, who as the voice of reason on a television ad with Arnie Carlson is telling us to send it back to the legislature so they can fix it.

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