Secretary of State staffer Beth Fraser
stopped in Alexandria to address concerns surrounding the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)
Beth Fraser with the Minnesota Secretary of State's office visited Alexandria to address concerns at an election training session presented by the Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer's office for municipal and school clerks.
"We think it's important that voters have the opportunity to make an informed decision," Fraser
Requiring photo identification is not the only point of contention.
The proposed wording changes to article VII, section 1, of the Minnesota
Constitution could be misleading to voters.
pointed out that the wording "valid government-issued" photo identification limits the types of IDs that are allowed.
The House and Senate
debated over using "government-issued" or "government-approved.
"Government-issued," which excludes private college IDs and some veteran IDs, was the victor in the debate.
said some people have argued that the wording could be interpreted as any government-issued ID - Minnesota government, Canadian government or New Jersey government all could provide an ID that would be "government-issued."
The amendment will not allow for expired identification since it would no longer be "valid.
The state would be required to issue photographic identification at no charge to eligible voters.
"We did a match between the list of registered voters in the statewide voters' registration system and the list of people with Minnesota driver's licenses and state ID cards," Fraser
"I don't think anyone wants to get rid of verification," Fraser
The new system, if accepted, appears to not allow for the vouching method of confirming identity, Fraser
"Auditors would have to almost immediately upload information," Fraser
"The current law says that you can't release results for a precinct until all results for the precinct are in," Fraser