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Voter ID is much like a poll tax

Published 9:47am Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I do not live in Albert Lea, but I am a proud granddaughter of longtime Albert Lea residents. I spent dozens of summers at my grandparents’ home on Albert Lea Lake where I learned the value of the golden rule and countless lessons on life. I live in Fridley, and I am the volunteer coordinator for a popular state senator. I am graduating in May with my master’s degree in political management and advocacy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. My grandma knows that I am eager to talk politics anytime, anywhere with anyone, especially in an election season. One of the more recent conversations that I had with her was intensely political, and I have thought about it a lot. I figured that if she was curious about certain topics and if she had questions and ideas that she wanted to bounce off of me, perhaps these questions and ideas were commonplace to her community as well.

1. Absentee voting: Do not let anyone tell you that your reason for desiring to vote absentee is not “good enough.” Voting absentee can be done for a variety of reasons; those who are preparing to be out of town on Election Day, those who cannot stand in line for long periods of time, those without transportation to polling places and those that simply want to avoid the rush and any other reason you can think of are able to vote via an absentee ballot.

2. Marriage amendment: Why are we having this conversation? Let’s be blunt here: I hope no one cares about what happens in my bedroom, because I certainly don’t care what happens in anyone else’s bedroom.  For those concerned about the sanctity of marriage I point out Newt Gingrich’s multiple divorces, celebrity quickie divorces and interracial marriage. Interracial marriage was once thought to be the doom of society and here we are — alive and kicking. I have too much to worry about in my own life to worry about who marries who.

3. Voter ID: Let’s call it what it is: voter suppression. A similar amendment passed in Texas and was struck down by the Texas Supreme Court because it systematically targeted blacks and the poor for disenfranchisement. Same-day voter registration would be eliminated and absentee voting would be in jeopardy. This means that troops overseas, elderly and the ill without transportation would be denied the right to vote. The poor are also at risk to be denied the right to vote. This is a poll tax. This law would require citizens to spend money on an ID so that they can vote. Poll taxes are against the law. Those within the community without the ability to travel to the DMV or to take off work to sit at the DMV as well as those that are unable to pay for a valid ID are all refused the right to vote with the passage of this amendment. Students and citizens that are highly mobile and travel as a requirement of their jobs are also at risk for having an ID in which the address stated on the ID does not match their current address of residence.


Avonna Caroline Starck


  • Angry1

    Well……..I think this calls for the truth

    (Minnesota Session Laws 2011, Chapter 88)

    Article XIII, Sec. 13. Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota.

    What the voter will see:

    Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

    (Minnesota Session Laws 2012, Chapter 167)

    Article VII, Section 1. (a) Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the
    United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next
    preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one
    otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election
    shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to
    vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person
    who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under
    guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

    (b) All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic
    identification before receiving a ballot. 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 this section. A voter unable to present government-issued photographic
    identification must be permitted to submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot must
    only be counted if the voter certifies the provisional ballot in the manner provided by law.

    (c) 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.

    What you will see on the ballot:

    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?

    Voter I.D. is the law of the land for Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee they also have Voter I.D. requirements.

    Gasp……EVEN Canada, Germany and even the uber liberal Netherlands have voter I.D. The democrats demanded a I.D. to see the president and in Illinois the demand an I.D. for drain cleaner.

    Avonna, You have shoveled a massive amount of partisan propaganda and well…..IT STINKS!

    Really?…… Political management and advocacy <——Danger, Will Robinson, danger!!!!!

    I only want people who are legally eligible to vote, and vote once just like I do and the other vote your conviction whatever that my be.

    That is all.