In Minnesota this November, voters will go to the polls to decide if the state needs to change its voter identification laws. Veterans seems to be divided on the issue the amendment requiring photo identification to vote.
A pro-amendment group has a veteran touting the need to protect the right to vote and an anti-amendment group warns that it could threaten solider’s right to vote. Military overseas can currently self-certify their ballots and not have to prove their identity.
As usual there are two sides and the truth, which is simple – the amendment does not address the issue of overseas military voters in its’ language. If the amendment were to pass this November, the legislature would have to write a new law specifying how to deal with issues that arise from overseas voters.
There are reasons to be opposed to and for this amendment, but the military is not one of them. The states have long honored the military’s right to vote and there is not a specific intent to dissuade soldiers from voting in this amendment.
To be frank, I think it is just another way for groups to politicize military and veterans issues. Let me know your thoughts.