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In any given election there are thousands of voters who are living in new or temporary addresses. There are thousands of voters who have no address because they are in shelters or on the street. And then there are thousands that live in nursing homes or other group homes. It’s estimated that 200,000 or more of these people currently have no valid photo ID. Many seniors for instance have let their drivers licenses expire because they no longer drive. Many people living in group homes of various types can’t drive in any event. Many college students from other states and other MN towns don’t have current state issued photo IDs. Of course it goes without saying that homeless people don’t have valid IDs with a current address on them. These are all people who are constitutionally guaranteed a right to vote, and who are currently voting. The way we currently accommodate these voters is to allow another registered voter to vouch for them. A registered voter can vouch for up to 15 people. Why 15 people? This is NOT about driving around a van and shuttling voters from one polling place to the next. Minnesota law currently licenses residential facilities i.e. group homes for developmentally disabled, mentally ill, battered women, chemical dependency, etc. to house 15 residents in most cases. The vouching system was set up so these people could be taken to the polling place by resident staff and cast their vote. A voucher testifies that you know this person, they are who they way they are, and they currently live in the precinct where they are voting. When you vouch for someone you basically sign an affidavit, it’s perjury to lie on an affidavit and in MN this is a felony offense.
While one can imagine bus loads illegal voters, the truth is that this vouching allows thousands of MN’s the chance to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Eliminating vouching won’t disenfranchise all of those voters, but it will disenfranchise some of them.
originally posted by: shooterbrody
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
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