Dear Sharon:News results for Norm Coleman v. Al Franken MN
Coleman vs. Franken: The Rematch - Subject: Re: www_email Date: 11/21/2008 11:20:05 A.M. Central Standard Time From: Opinion@coleman.senate.gov Sent from the Internet (Details)
I believe requiring folks to show photo identification in order to vote is a common-sense idea in order to ensure the integrity of our election process. I will say however, that I'm very sensitive to the concerns regarding folks who may have trouble obtaining an ID such as the elderly or folks having financial difficulties. I whole-heartedly support grant programs to help offset the costs of IDs in order to vote.
As you may know, back in April the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, upheld the state of
More than 20 states require some form of identification at the polls. Currently, voting ID requirements are decided by each state. As you may know, in
The Senate most recently voted on voter ID legislation on May 23, 2007. Senator McConnell offered an amendment to require a government issued photo ID for voting, and I supported his amendment. Unfortunately, it failed by a vote of 41 to 52. Currently, there is no legislation in the Senate to federalize a photo ID system across the country.
Since most election law is set at the state level and will not come before the United States Senate, I encourage you to contact the Governor, the Minnesota Secretary of State, and your state legislators regarding this issue. I have included the contact information below for Governor Tim Pawlenty, MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, as well as a link to the Minnesota State Legislature District Finder:
Governor Tim Pawlenty 130 State Capitol
Office of the Secretary of State 180 State Office Building
Minnesota State Legislature District Finder
Thank you once again for contacting me. If I may be of further assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
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