Every vote counts


From: Steve Drazkowski

As we are witnessing in our current U.S. Senate recount, every vote does matter. Because of this, it is imperative that we ensure that every vote is a legal vote.

Which is exactly why we need voter identification at the polling place.

This common-sense legislation has been floating around the halls of the Capitol for years, and receives strong liberal opposition every time it comes up for debate.

Very simply, the bill which is receiving all of the Democrat opposition, requires an election judge to confirm the voter’s name, address, and date of birth and must require the voter to provide a picture ID. This legislation also requires the Department of Public Safety to issue a photo ID at no cost to people who do not have a driver’s license or state issued ID card.

Current law does not require voters to show any form of ID at the polls unless they register on election day, and even then they are not required to provide an ID with a photograph. Further, someone who is not an eligible voter can still vote under Minnesota law so long as another eligible voter vouches to an election judge that he or she knows the person and states that the person can vote.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see how potential voter fraud can and has taken place under these loose guidelines.

More than twenty states have laws asking voters to show identification before voting. Some specify that voters must show a photo ID; other states accept additional forms of identification that do not necessarily include a photo. And last April, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Indiana law requiring voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot. The court rightly determined that the requirement was justified and the burden minimal.

We can’t write a check without identification, so is it so wrong to tell voters to bring it to the polling place once every two years?

By requiring identification, we eliminate the risk for election fraud and take the first step towards ensuring that Minnesota elections are trusted and accurate.

As we analyze the results of the Norm Coleman/Al Franken recount, are you confident that this small margin of victory is 100% legitimate?

With our current laws in place, I’m betting some of you - regardless of who you supported - are wondering if that total could be skewed one way or another.

Every vote counts - regardless if it’s a legal vote or not. It’s time we do our part to eliminate the potential for voter fraud in Minnesota.

Please let me know what you think. You can write me at 247 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155. You can call me toll free, at 1-888-683-3436 or e-mail me at: rep.steve.drazkowski@house.mn. To sign up for my e-mail updates, please visit www.house.mn/28B and click on “E-mail Updates.”


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