We need to approve the Voter ID amendment

Dear Editor:

This is in response to Mr. Ken Vaselaar’s recent letter advocating a vote against the photo voter ID amendment that will be on our November ballot. His data and conclusions are seriously in error. The prosecution of only 156 fraud cases just demonstrates the difficulty in prosecuting voter fraud under current Minnesota law and the unwillingness of our Secretary of State to pursue these cases.

Minnesota Voters Alliance reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (5/26/2012) that in the 2008 election more than 500,000 people registered to vote on election day. More than 48,000 of these registrants have yet to be verified as eligible by the Secretary of State, yet their votes were counted. These registrants were treated differently than previously registered voters whose eligibility was thoroughly vetted. Minnesota Voters Alliance also reported another study “Minnesota Majority identified by name more than 1,000 ineligible felons who voted in the 2008 general election” There are several other reports of smaller numbers of voter fraud.

Senator Al Franken “won” his seat in the 2008 election by fewer than 400 votes, less than 0.8 percent of the “questionable” ballots cast in the 2008 election

The argument that anyone will be disenfranchised by voter ID laws is deliberately misleading because this amendment provides photo IDs free to people not having a driver’s license or passport.

Larry Bacon