Mark your calendar – Nov. 6, may be the last time you are able to vote even though you are a registered legal American citizen who has voted for many years. Why? Because under the proposed constitutional amendment requiring a photo identification you will have to find some way to show a picture of yourself to the election judge.
So, who can’t vote? If you’re in the military service and stationed away from your home, you can no longer vote by absentee ballot. If you, or a member of your family, are in a nursing home or hospital or other care facility you will not count because you will not be allowed to vote by absentee ballot. If you can’t get to the polls because you don’t drive, you’re a college student away from home, you travel for your work, or those who go south for the winter will no longer be able cast an absentee ballot as they have done many times as a good American.
In addition, In Minnesota there are many small cities with just a handful of voters who now are allowed to have a mail-in ballot to save money, but no more. Those communities will have to pay to keep the polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. hoping to get those 20 or so people to come in.
If the purpose of this new law is to have fewer voters, then this is how to do it.
In the State of Pennsylvania, under a similar law, it is estimated that as many as one million people will be disenfranchised from voting.
Is this really the kind of state and country you want? Soldiers who fought for our freedom, seniors who worked to build our country, young people who are our future will all be denied the right to vote. It is unthinkable.
So, if you want to continue to have your right to vote in the future, vote no on amendment number one.