Wednesday, March 21, 2012
House Republicans Vote to Restrict over 700,000 Minnesotans’ Constitutional Right to Vote
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) released the following statement after a photo ID constitutional amendment passed the Minnesota House of Representatives on a party-line vote:
“Last night, Republican legislators in Minnesota’s House of Representatives approved an amendment that will make it harder for over 700,000 law abiding Minnesotans to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
Should this amendment pass the state Senate, Minnesotans will vote on a generic constitutional amendment with no idea how the policy will be implemented. That’s about as sensible as agreeing to buy a car and waiting to ask the price later. There’s simply too much at stake to not be up front with the people of Minnesota.
Last night's vote is a concerning departure from our nation’s proud history of including more Americans in the electoral process. Let’s not forget that at the time of America’s founding, only white, property-owning males 21 years of age could vote. Our country has gained far too much to turn back the clock and make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans to vote.
If Republican legislators listened to the people of Minnesota, they would understand that the top issue facing families is job creation. With thousands still out of work, Minnesotans will be scratching their heads as to why an unnecessary constitutional amendment took priority over their well-being.
I hope Republicans in the state Senate will join Governor Dayton and the DFL caucuses to focus on Minnesotans’ top priority: jobs."