MN Secretary of State's Press Conference Following Passage to Place Amendment to Change Minnesotans Voting Rights on November Ballot PDF Print E-mail

mark ritchie press conference on photo id ballotMark Ritchie outlined the changes of the MN Constitutional Amendment to Restrict Voting Rights after placing the Amendment on the ballot in the November election was passed by Republicans in the MN House and Senate.

1) He remarked that the biggest change by far is the creation of a new system called provisional balloting.  It is the most expensive and most dramatic change.

2) Eligibility to vote would have to be verified on a substantially equivalent basis no matter the date of the application to vote.  This involves a 7 step process.  Local officials would have to complete the steps before any voter's ballot can be cast or counted.   In the last presidential election, 500,000 voters used same day registration.  Under the amendment they would have to fill out the provisional ballot and an application for provisional balloting, in addition to showing a government issued photo ID.

3)  The Amendment requires substantially equivalent verification of identity for people who vote by mail including absentee voters, military voters, and voters in townships with all mail balloting. There is no definition of what equivalent verification would be.  No state has ever done it.  We don't know how it would be done.  Verification of identity would have to be submitted along with their ballot.

4) In person voters would have to present a government issued photo ID.

Secretary of State Ritchie commented that these are radical changes to MN Voting system.  The cost is very high.  It will be chaotic especially for local government officials. 
Watch the 40 minute press conference.




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