From: Bob Youngerman
I want to thank Sen. Miller for his vote against the voter ID amendment question that will be up for the November election.
It is abundantly clear that this issue is the Republican Party’s attempt to suppress the votes of citizens who have tended to vote for Democratic candidates. The poor, the elderly, disabled and students are disproportionately likely to not have an approved “photo ID”. There is absolutely no factual basis to believe that voter fraud is a problem in Minnesota or elsewhere justifying this barrier to voting and the financial expense to implement it.
This is the reason it passed without any DFL votes and with Sen. Miller as the only Republican to vote against it. Such voting restrictions are also supported in other states, such as Wisconsin, only by Republicans.
Will Sen. Miller proudly and courageously make his vote widely known and use his campaign to urge his constituents to vote “No” on November 6? Or was he given a pass by the Republican leadership to vote “No” because he is vulnerable in a District that leans DFL?
I hope his vote was truly motivated by a belief that the easier we make it for our citizens to vote the more democratic and honest our elections will be. Minnesota has led the nation in voter participation because of our current law. We are proud of that. Don’t change that.