Rep. Winkler Opposes Minnesota Voter ID Bill

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2011 Legislative Session

Minnesota Rep. Ryan Winkler said on Monday that the voter photo ID bill, which is gaining momentum in the Republican-controlled state House, is a waste of time and money. Winkler, who represents Golden Valley, west of Minneapolis, accuses the GOP of fear-mongering.

Current Minnesota law doesn’t require voters to present identification if they have already registered. But HF 89 calls for the state to purchase and install a network of broadband-linked tools in nearly every precinct. To accommodate those who lack an approved photo ID, the bill mandates the state issue identification cards free of charge. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie estimates that creating a network of verification machines could cost more than $20 million. Some Democrats have put the cost at closer to $40 million.

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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