MN Voter Restriction Amendment Would Cause Headaches for Election Judges

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Click on Photo to Learn Why Voter Restriction Amendment Could Lead to Fewer Election Judges

Click on Photo to Learn Why Voter Restriction Amendment Could Lead to Fewer Election Judges

Several St. Louis Park residents who volunteer — or whose spouses volunteer — as election judges every other November said that if the Minnesota voter restriction amendment passes, it would make their jobs as election judges more difficult. They spoke at a town hall meeting held by Congressman Keith Ellison earlier this month about the consequences of Minnesota’s Voter Photo ID constitutional amendment.

“I don’t understand how a Photo ID is gonna be better than a utility bill that’s current and gives you the correct address of where (the voter is) living today,” explained one woman. “If you have students or others with an ID, they can just travel back to wherever they’re living and vote in that area. To me, Photo ID is not gonna be as helpful for me as an election judge as a utility bill.”

Another offered that the voter restriction amendment might prompt his wife to step down as an election judge.

“My wife is an election judge and she’s admitted that she’s no expert in Voter Photo ID. Photo ID would also take a lot of time in line at the polls. She and other friends have talked about if Photo ID passes, they are no longer going to volunteer to be election judges. That’s gonna cause some problems.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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