Each election we hope that everyone eligible to vote does so. Current Minnesota law encourages this by allowing voting by mail or absentee ballot. In recent elections more than 250,000 voters - nursing home residents, the disabled, those away on work and our servicemen - have done so.

Unfortunately, if the Voter ID amendment on this year's ballot passes it will make it much more difficult for these voters. This amendment targets a form of voter fraud that essentially doesn't exist in our state - the kind committed when someone not eligible to vote seeks to do so by impersonating someone who is. Not a single case of such fraud has been found in past elections including the closely scrutinized elections and recounts of recent years.

Vote "NO" to fighting a problem that doesn't exist. Vote "NO" to making it difficult to vote. Vote "NO" on VOTER ID.

Kathleen DeKeyrel,