St. Paul – Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Pat Shortridge issued the following statement regarding Minnesota’s photo ID constitutional amendment in light of the Obama administration’s decision yesterday to block photo ID legislation in Texas.
“The Obama administration’s decision to block photo ID legislation in Texas is a clear indication that they are more interested in using any means necessary to try and win elections rather than safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process. You have to show a photo ID to get a library card, board a plane or check into a hotel, and we should take seriously the need to protect our most basic freedoms by requiring a similar standard. Since the Obama Administration and Governor Dayton won't protect our votes, it's up to Minnesotans to do it in November by ballot initiative,” said MNGOP Chairman Pat Shortridge.
The administration also blocked similar photo ID legislation in South Carolina in December. Both states have filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court to overturn this federal action, but now wait to see how quickly the system works to determine the process in November’s general election. In April 2008, the Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s photo ID law in a 6-3 vote, ruling that requiring a voter to show a photo ID does not violate their constitutional right. Courts have upheld photo ID legislation in other states as well, including Arizona, Georgia and Michigan.