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Religious leaders gather to rally against photo ID amendment

Posted by: $author Updated: August 29, 2012 - 11:03 AM

A group of Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders plan to hold a gathering tonight to voice their opposition to the proposed photo ID Amendment.

 

Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson -- a vocal opponent of the amendment -- will be the featured speaker at the multi-faith event, which starts at 6:30 and will be held at Pueblo de Fe in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in West St. Paul.

 

The event sponsored by the groups ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action and Somali Action Alliance will include personal stories of how the amendment "would affect people in our communities," according to a released statement from the groups.

 

The religious leaders argue passage of the proposed amendment would primarily reduce voters of color, the elderly, students, poor and non-English-speaking voters.

 

Supports of the photo ID amendment -- set for vote Nov. 6 -- argue that requiring voters to show a photo ID will discourage fraud at the polls. They also believe elderly and other groups will not be disenfranchised with a photo ID requirement.
 

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