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Thursday, May 24, 2012

AARP Opposes Voter ID Amendment

The AARP has registered a ballot question fund to fight the Republican-led constitutional amendment to require voters to show a photo ID.  This is good news - the AARP has 650,000 members in Minnesota.
This news also highlights the basic problem with this amendment: it will make it harder for certain types of Minnesotans, including the elderly, college students and immigrants, to vote.  And that is not an unwanted side-effect, that's the purpose of the amendment.  At some point, the Republican Party of Minnesota appears to have decided that it's a better electoral strategy to turn people who disagree with them away from the polls than to earn their votes.

Keep fighting the good fight for a fair and open democracy, AARP!


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