Tuesday, August 28, 2012

volunteering at the ACLU booth


Emma and I at the ACLU booth at the Minnesota State Fair, supporting gay marriage and opposing photo ID voting requirements.

I'm hopeful about Minnesotans voting down the marriage bill—though not confident—but worried about the photo ID bill. It'll take $80,000,000 from the state's general fund—meaning it'll hurt public education, most likely—to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Currently, Minnesota is number one in the nation for voter turnout. If this passes, that claim will go to someone else, because the inevitable consequence of increasing ID requirements is decreasing voter turnout, especially from students, the elderly, and renters, who move more often and therefore are more likely to have out of date IDs.