Letter: Trying to clarify voter ID
I am writing in response to Bev Engleson's letter to the editor on Oct. 16. I have had the privilege of working with our elderly in both nursing homes and assisted living facilities for longer than 20 years. It has been my passion to be able to care for those who have given so much to build our communities and the state we live in today.
So I want to clear up this misconception that the elderly in our facilities will no longer be able to vote if the voter ID amendment is passed. This simply is not true. Once a senior decides not to renew their driver's license and stops driving that last license becomes their permanent photo ID. This is the current law and it would remain the same.
Ninety-nine percent of Minnesotans have an acceptable form of ID right now in their wallets or purses. Acceptable government-issued IDs include: driver's license, state ID card, military ID, tribal ID, passports. Yes, you read that right, military ID. Shame on those saying our state would prevent any of our military from voting. That is a lie to get you to vote no.
The 1 percent of people who do not have the proper ID will be given a free ID by the state. This free ID will be paid for out of the state's general fund. The money for the ID will not come from an increase in your property taxes. That is only being said to scare you into voting no. This is not designed with evil intent to prevent any citizen from voting, it was done with deep concern over the increase in voter fraud and the desire to protect each and every vote, regardless of color, wage scale, age or residence. Don't be bullied. Vote Yes because it's just common sense.