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Kim Ukura

Literature in a Hurry: Be cautious with voter ID

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Literature in a Hurry: Be cautious with voter ID
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I spent the first part of 2011 living in Madison, Wisc. If you were paying attention to politics from Wisconsin last year, you know that it was a tumultuous time. One particular measure that made me angry that I fear is being repeated here in Minnesota is a push to require photo IDs to vote.

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You can learn more about the measure in a linked story by our capitol reporter.

I'm not opposed to the idea that people should need to prove their identity when they show up at the pools, and a photo ID is probably the best day to do that. But the law put in place in Wisconsin is so draconian in nature that it disenfranchises many voters.

Among other issues, the Wisconsin law requires that the address on your photo ID must match your current address. For students or other people who frequently move (or don't have a permanent address), this requirement is too much. For example, the address on my driver's license hasn't matched the location I voted in for the last eight years because I was a student and moved every year. Under Wisconsin's law, I would have had to pay for a new ID each year or I wouldn't have been able to vote.

If Minnesota is going to add a photo ID requirement to make citizens eligible to vote, it needs to be written in a way that allows more people to vote, not discourages or disqualifies eligible citizens.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for both business and public affairs reporting. 
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