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Save money; vote no on Voter ID amendment

October 28, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Do you want to save some money? Then, please vote No on the Voter ID Amendment on the November 6 ballot.

If this amendment passes, it will result in the increase to Minnesota taxpayers of thousands of dollars in the cost of holding elections (paid for by taxes through your local government), and it could slow the time it takes to leam election results. Who will pay for these additional costs? The Minnesota taxpayer will.

Supporters of the Voter ID Amendment say that if a citizen does not have a valid ID, he or she will receive a "free" ID from the State of Minnesota. There is no such thing as a free ID. Perhaps the person applying for the ID might not pay for it, but who will pay for it? The Minnesota taxpayer will.

And why is this amendment necessary? Do any of you actually know anyone who has voted illegally? I certainly don't. If you were trying to get people to vote illegally for the candidate of your choice, what would you do? Would you be able to come up with 10 or even 5 people who would be willing to fake their identifications and illegally cast a vote for the candidate of your choice? What would you pay them? Illegal voting is already a felony in Minnesota and is punishable by 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Please save everyone a lot of money and Vote No on the Voter ID Amendment. It is not needed.

Daniel A. Beranek

New Ulm



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