At a press conference with leading clergy members in the Twin Cities September 13, 2012, Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman began by stating that she was there to remind us that the Voter Restriction Amendment does not reflect the Minnesota we sought to create. "Voting is a right, not a privilege. This amendment will not allow 215,000 eligible voters to cast their vote. . . It is disheartening that we have to again speak about what we thought we had won 49 years ago."
Jerry McAfee, President of MN State Baptist Convention and Pastor of New Salem Baptists Church in Minneapolis stated that "It is tragic that we would take steps to move backwards rather than move forward. . . It is my opinion that voter suppression and voter restriction is shrouded in racism with connection to poverty as well as those in senior communities . . .
I stand in union with these brothers and sisters across racial and religious lines today to say that the Voter Restriction Amendment is not right. If you are indeed a child of God be it Muslim or Christian or Bahai, whatever it may be, your faith tradition should not allow you to sit by on your beds and couches of ease and allow something like this to take place .