10/16/2012 2:11:00 PM Dodge County
Voter ID to cost $70,000 plus
By Tara Lindquist
It could soon cost Dodge County taxpayers a lot of money if the proposed Voter ID Amendment passes, Dodge County Elections Administrator Sara Marquardt reported to Dodge County commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Voters will be asked to determine the following constitutional amendment on November 6th:"Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voters, effective July 1, 2013?" Yes? No?
What does the constitutional amendment really mean?
If the amendment passes, a voter, voting in-person must present valid government-issued photo ID before receiving a ballot, if a voter does not have one then they will have to vote on a provisional ballot and their vote will not be counted on Election Day. The voter will need to go to the courthouse within a few days to show ID or obtain a new one for their vote to be counted. If a person cannot produce an ID in the time allowed then the provisional ballot would not be opened and counted.
The Amendment reads, "All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted." This means that absentee and mail ballot voters will have to have their identity and eligibility verified in a way equal to that of voters who vote in-person.
In a memo to the Dodge County commissioners; Sara Marquardt pointed out the difficulty for someone living in California or the Philippines who is supposed to provide staff in Dodge County with an ID. In Minnesota over 210,000 ballots in a presidential year are cast by absentee, mail-in or overseas voters, including the 195,000 who voted by absentee ballot by mail, the approximately 11,500 military and overseas voters and the 45,000 registered voters living in mail in ballot precincts around the state.
The amendment also states; "The state must issue photographic identification at no charge to an eligible voter who does not have a form of identification meeting the requirements of the amendment."
The Minnesota Division of Vehicle Services estimates that there are 144,000 voting age Minnesotans without IDs. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State, Minnesota House Districts that fall within Dodge County....read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.