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Vote No and No for our Constitution (10/31/2012)
From: Peggy Sannerud

I am writing this letter in support of our state constitution, which has fallen into the sights of our state legislature.

It seems that our elected officials, unable to play nicely with each other in St. Paul, unable to work out differences, make compromises, or move forward, have taken the easy way out, and now expect us to write our own legislation via the amendment process.

We can blame the legislators or the governor if we please, but the fact remains that the constitution of our state is too important a document to be used as the work-around for party differences.

We have heard from many sources that the two amendments proposed would result in costly litigation or hardships if passed. Ordinarily, bills that may have unintended consequences or procedural flaws can be fixed without too much trouble. If an amendment needs some tweaking, however, it must be put to a vote again and pass with the same margins as the original.

Why should we do the legislators’ jobs? Perhaps these two hot-button issues make our officials too nervous to commit themselves! I believe we must send our reps a message that we do not intend to let them off the hook, and that they need to get to work and do the jobs we elected them to do.

The best way to send this message is to defeat BOTH amendments, no matter what your personal views on voter ID or marriage equality might be.

Vote NO and NO—to defend our constitution and put our legislators back to work! 

 

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