Photo ID law inspires confidence in election system

The public deserves to have confidence in the integrity of our election system. Fair, transparent elections are essential to the functioning of our representative republic. Nothing inspires that confidence like photo ID.

Poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans (80 percent or more) want photo ID to be required in order to vote.

It is common sense to expect voters to prove their identity and residence. Nothing is better suited for those purposes than a state-issued drivers license or photo ID card.

Ninety-nine percent of Minnesotans already have state-issued ID in their pockets and they generally carry it with them all the time. How many people walk around with a utility bill in their pocket? It is common sense to use your ID at the polls instead of an easily forged utility bill.

The Voter ID bill will help people who may be having a hard time getting along in society because of a lack of identification by providing ID at no charge. This has the added benefit of enabling people to get work, open bank accounts and participate in other normal functions of society that are impossible without photo ID.

You need ID to buy cold medicine or visit a doctor. Providing a free ID will help people who lack them get along better in society.

Voter ID perfectly complements the motor-voter law that allows voters to register when applying for a driver’s license.

Despite the claims of the League of Women Voters and their allies, there is no evidence that anyone would be unable to vote because of a Voter ID requirement. The courts have universally found that Voter ID does not create an undue burden.

People keep saying that there is no evidence of voter fraud, but I’m going to take the word of the United States Supreme Court, which said flagrant examples of voter fraud have been documented throughout this nation’s history by respected historians and journalists.

Minnesota is breaking records in convictions for voter fraud and thousands of Election Day registrants are being flagged for challenge due to unverifiable names and/or addresses after their votes were counted.

Voter ID does not prevent people from voting. Other states have seen increased voter turnout after enacting voter ID laws.

The people must have faith that their leaders were chosen according to the will of the voters. Voter ID will restore that essential confidence.


Leah Rieckens