NAACP Celebrates Minnesota Voter ID Ballot Initiative ResultsNovember 07, 2012
Minnesota Voters Say No to Strict Voter ID Amendment
(WASHINGTON)—The NAACP and the NAACP St. Paul Branch released the following statement in response to state results on the voter ID constitutional amendment.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP:
"Today voters in Minnesota chose to protect the rights of all Minnesota voters," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. "Our democracy will always be at its best when all citizens have free and unfettered access to the ballot box to cast and have their votes counted on Election Day. This is the cornerstone of our democracy."
Jeff Martin, President of the NAACP St. Paul Branch in Minnesota:
“Today Minnesota voters succeeded in ensuring democracy for thousands and thousands of Minnesotans,” said Jeff Martin, President of the NAACP St. Paul Branch in Minnesota. “Our branch and the state conference will continue to advocate on behalf of all voters’ rights and block suppressive tactics like this.”
The Secretary of State’s office estimates that there are about 215,000 registered voters in Minnesota without a valid state driver’s license or ID card. Those least likely to have valid government-issued IDs include senior citizens, minorities, voters earning less than $35,000 a year and people with disabilities. Many young people between the ages of 18 and 24 also lack IDs with their current addresses.
The constitutional amendment—which included no details on the kind of ID, associated costs, and provisions if a voter did not possess one— would have implemented provisional balloting, and eliminated standalone proof of voting eligibility and same day registration.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The NAACP is a 501c3 non-partisan organization.