SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Senate Republicans heard legislation Thursday in the State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee that would disenfranchise and discourage Minnesotans from voting by establishing and requiring a voter ID card to vote in elections. In response, Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), DFL lead on the State Government Committee released the following statement opposing the legislation.
“Minnesota’s strong civic tradition of high voter turnout is threatened by the onerous barriers that Senate Republicans are insistent on imposing on our citizens. My colleagues tried this already in 2012 through a constitutional amendment, and Minnesota voters decisively rejected it.
In addition to a voter ID requirement, this bill would create a second tier of ballots in Minnesota through provisional balloting, many of which may not ever be counted and can make our election system more susceptible to tampering. According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, between 2006 and 2016 over 30 percent of presidential cycle provisional ballots cast were not counted.
We should be expanding—rather than suppressing—the ability for Minnesotans to vote. I support policies that will make voting more convenient through automatic voter registration, expanding mail-in and absentee voting for people with disabilities and rural voters, and extending early voting periods.”