By Elizabeth Ellis
On October 19, from 7:30-9 am at Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, by invitation of City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, discussed the challenges to Minnesotans this election season regarding the proposed constitutional voter ID amendment on the ballot.
“Changing Minnesota’s constitution,” Ritchie argued, “should not be taken lightly. Our state constitution is sacred to daily life.”
In his remarks, Ritchie emphasized that amending the constitution could cause changes to local taxpayers. Voting is community based, but with many different faces, such as small rural, out-state townships with 500 voters who vote by mail verses large urban counties. His job, he said, is not only about voting, but also about Minnesota commerce.
“Minnesota is a climate of civic organizations. We are the number-one voting state in America. We are number one in volunteerism and active engagement. We argue issues. Who we are and how we define ourselves and how we are perceived by others will be affected by the election result on the proposed constitutional voter ID amendment on our ballot. There is a high level of interest in whether our constitution is amended.”
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