Oberstar Urges Duluthians to Vote Against Voter ID Amendment
Posted at: 10/06/2012 10:34 PM
By: Zach Hammer
Jim Oberstar, longtime DFL representative for the 8th District, spoke in Duluth Saturday, trying to convince his former constituents to vote down the proposed Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment.
If passed, the amendment to the state constitution would require voters to show a government-issued ID before casting a ballot.
This, according to Oberstar, would be harmful to Minnesota's solid voting record.
"All in all, this will be repressive," Oberstar said. "It will take Minnesota from first in the nation in voter turnout and clean elections, to worst in the nation."
Supporters of the amendment, however, say that the measure is necessary to combat voter fraud.
The issue will be decided by Minnesota voters on November's ballot.
Oberstar served as the 8th District Representative from 1975 until 2011. He was defeated by Republican Chip Cravaack in the November 2010 election.