S. Minneapolis Voter Believes Voter ID Would Prevent Fraud

Fry bread, chili, hot coffee and politics were served up at a recent get out the vote gathering at the Division of Indian Work on Lake Street in South Minneapolis. For the record, Division of Indian Work did not sponsor the gathering. An outside group rented out the space for the afternoon,

South Minneapolis is known for it’s diverse population and tradition of leftist leaning politics. That doesn’t mean that everyone agrees on all the issues. In fact, Deb Rojas, supporter of Barack Obama, DFL candidates running for MN office and opponent of the marriage Amendment supports the Voter ID Amendment. Why?

“I believe everyone should have an ID,” says Rojas as she chatted with her twin sister and enjoyed a bowl of vegetarian chili.

“You have to have it to buy cigarettes. You have to have it to cash a check. You have to have it pretty much everywhere,” she went on.

If people such as herself need an ID, she went on, then everyone should have it. When asked if she knew that some senior citizens lacked the proper form of ID to vote, she said she heard they were getting some assistance to obtain them. She also knew of one case where an African-American senior citizen in Mississippi lacked the proper birth certificate required to obtain an ID-a voter who could be turned away at the polls.

“I’m sorry that she can’t get an ID because of it. She like 78 years old and to wait til’ now to get an ID? That’s ridiculous,” said Rojas.

In fact, there are many seniors in the same predicament as the senior citizen Rojas cited. Some right here in Minnesota. A recent survey done in Koochiching County nursing homes found that out of most residents, only one had the proper ID required to vote.

Rojas also pointed out that Minnesota citizens are required to get a new drivers license when they move, even though she acknowledges that might be difficult for some. For her, it’s a matter of taking some personal responsibility in order to vote.

Rojas also think that absentee ballots should not be allowed because we don’t know the identity of the voter. When asked if she knew that might be a problem for those serving in the military, she said it was their choice to serve.

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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