Minnesota Senate Committee Considering Voter ID Amendment

2 Feb

The Local Government and Elections senate committee heard 5-hours of testimony regarding the politically divisive amendment to require photo ID in order to cast a vote

The two sides of the debate are fairly well defined with liberals generally expressing concerns for disenfranchisement of individuals at the margins (recently the elderly have gotten the most press) and conservatives pointing out the risk of voter fraud.  Interestingly, statistical research done into these claims has been inconclusive.   This author is willing to posit that the fight has a lot more to do with the deep seated attitudes about the Voting Rights Act and the competing interests of the fourteenth and tenth amendments, than any real concerns about voter turnout or fraud.

And a good Thursday to you.

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