I went to vote Nov. 5 but was told since I moved across river I had to vote at Lincoln School, not Riverside.
I'm at Lincoln in line and I get ready to get my ballot, but first my name and address. Well I've just moved. I have nothing with my new address. I know two or three people on the panel. Talk to them? "No."
Can I "prove" where I live? Anything with new address? Electric bill? After five days? Do you have your lease? Yeah, in my pocket, everyone carries that.
Driver's license, old address. Social Security, veterans card, "USA" Medicare insurance card, no "proof" of address. I can't prove where I live. I feel like a homeless person. What do they do in America?
I am denied my right as a working, taxpaying, probably-paying-their salaries, "American Citizen," my legal right to vote. Joke? Not!
Question: Didn't I read the rules in paper? Some people can't afford a paper every day. Didn't you call? Someone? I work and don't always have time for everything. I'm not sorry for that. Moving is hard but you have to at first of month, then this unreal.
I love this county. Why don't they have us in computers instead of on paper, government waste? Government knows where "we" -- yeah even election people -- are "residents."
Did they have to prove "their address?" It's a game! I didn't vote, thanks comrade!
P.S. Kids vote for fun but they don't care where they live, good example America? Not!
David A. Jones
Minnesota Election Laws state Oct. 15th was the last day to register in advance for the General Election held Nov. 5, 2002. Voters could register to vote at their polling place on election day by proving residence in one of the following ways:
-- A valid Minnesota driver's license, permit or identification card, or a receipt for any of these forms, that contains the current address.
-- One document from the list in (a) and one document from the list in (b): (a) an original bill in the voter's name for gas, electric, telephone, cable television, solid waste, water, or sewer services showing the current address and due up to 30 days before or after election day, and (b) a Minnesota driver's license or identification card with photograph, United States passport with photograph, United States military identification card with photograph, or Minnesota postsecondary student identification card with photograph.
-- A registered voter who lives in the same precinct may vouch for the voter.
-- A student identification card, registration card, or fee statement that contains the student's current address in the precinct.
-- A current valid registration in the same precinct.
-- Notice of Late Registration mailed to the voter from the County Auditor. These notices were sent by non-forwardable mail to each voter we received a registration card for after Oct. 15th until Nov. 4th.
Voter registration files are maintained in a statewide computer database.
Roy A. Luukkonen
Crow Wing County Auditor
The voters have spoken. Now it is time for those elected to get down to the business of trying to correct the many problems that face this nation.
Attend your local government meetings where you can express your views and contribute to the governing process.
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