“Deceitful” Says Former MN 1st Lady Of Voter Restriction Amendment

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Click on image of Jane Freeman to watch her commentary on proposed MN voting changes

Click on image of Jane Freeman to watch her commentary on proposed MN voting changes

Former First Lady of Minnesota Jane Freeman remembers the last time her husband voted: when Walter Mondale ran for the late Paul Wellstone’s seat in 2002. Former Governor Orville Freeman was living in a senior facility that allowed him to vote with no ID.

If Orville Freeman lived to vote under Minnesota’s proposed voter restriction constitutional amendment, he would have to vote provisionally says Jane Freeman. That’s because he moved from one apartment to another by the time voting began. Unless he could prove who he was, his provisional ballot would not be counted.

“What on earth do you think would bring out a 91-year-old on a blustery day like this, from a comfy blue chair? Well, I’ll tell you what would bring her out, is this deceitful, outrageous amendment.”

That’s the kind of system, Freeman says, that doesn’t belong in Minnesota. A spirited, yet small rally of voter ID opponents gathered at the First Lutheran Church near Metro State University in St. Paul ahead of last night’s debate.

“Send it back,” cried organizer and SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo. He believes that this amendment is flawed, vague and will disenfranchise not only the elderly, but those who are casting absentee ballots or change addresses. Voter ID supporters challenge that claim as misinformation.

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

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