After having read a recent op-ed relating to the photo ID constitutional amendment, wherein the writer challenged it because of the number of moves and address changes he would have made had the law been in effect, got me to thinking of what I'd have gone through had I been confronted with it. I did a personal historical review.
From my 21st birthday until the day I settled into my present address, a period of 20 years, I discovered that as a result of being in college, the military, working summers, going to summer schools and working at my career, I had made 41 changes in living arrangements, residing in 23 different abodes.
During that time period, 10 various elections took place, and I lived at 10 different addresses. Had the law been in effect, I would have been forced to take time off, make the drive to a county seat, and get a new ID with my most recent photo and address. My driver's license signifying I was a legal Minnesota resident wouldn't have been good enough.
I know I'm not the only person who would have faced this dilemma. All we have to do is look at the thousands of transients (workers and students) who might get fed up and say to forget it, it's too much of an inconvenience to jump through that hoop seemingly with every election. I might have thought to do so.
The inconvenience I could live with, but the cost would be another thing. How much? We really don't know, but estimates go as high as $50 million, and this money has to come from some form of taxable revenue. It ain't gonna be free, as it's being touted by the proponents of the amendment.
Please, think this issue through. The results of its passage could be catastrophic for us for a long time, and would be almost impossible to retract at a later date.