Voting rights forum
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights Kevin Lindsey. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio.
The Minnesota Commissioner of Human Rights will speak at the "Minnesota Photo ID Amendment & Voting Rights Education Forum" 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in Atwood Theater.
Kevin Lindsey will discuss his office's role in eliminating various forms of discrimination, including voter discrimination. The forum also will feature a panel discussion. View the forum flyer (PDF).
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.
At issue is the proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would require voters to present an ID card to vote. The Secretary of State's office estimates more than 215,000 registered voters lack a valid or current ID.
Text of the proposed amendment, which will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot:
“All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic identification before receiving a ballot. The state must issue photographic identification at no charge to an eligible voter who does not have a form of identification meeting the requirements of this section. A voter unable to present government-issued photographic identification must be permitted to submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot must only be counted if the voter certifies the provisional ballot in the manner provided by law. All voters, including those not voting in person, must be subject to substantially equivalent identity and eligibility verification prior to a ballot being cast or counted.”
Also participating in the forum will be J. Richard Cousin, enforcement officer, St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Office.
The forum is sponsored by these St. Cloud State entities: Racial Issues Colloquium, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Multicultural Resource Center, Department of Ethnic and Women’s Studies, and the Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota.
For more information, contact Margaret A. Villanueva, professor of ethnic and women's studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Cloud State University