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Former first lady joins AARP in opposing photo ID

Posted by: Jim Ragsdale under Minnesota legislature, Democrats, Republicans Updated: October 18, 2012 - 4:28 PM

Jane Freeman, the widow of the late Minnesota Gov. Orville Freeman, has joined the campaign to defeat the proposed photo ID constitutional amendment.

In an appearance at the Capitol on Thursday, and in an earlier anti-photo ID event, Freeman called the amendment "misleading" and "deceitful." She said it would have prevented Gov. Freeman from voting in 2002, the last election before his death the following year. In addition to serving as governor, Freeman was a decorated Marine from World War II.

Jane Freeman appeared with Michele Kimball, state director of AARP, which is opposing the amendment due to fears it would make it harder for elderly Minnesotans to vote. Kimball said in a statement that the amendment "could deny seniors and veterans who've given a lifetime of hard work and service to our country the most fundamental American liberty -- the right to vote."

Jane Freeman's son, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, is also campaigning against the photo ID amendment.

The proposed amendment will appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. It would require voters to show a government-issued photo ID, would set up a new system of two-step provisional voting for those without the required ID, and would standardize eligibility and identity standards.

Supporters argue that it is needed to prevent fraud, while opponents fear it will create barriers to voting and could limit or end same-day registration.

AARP is part of a large coalition opposed to the amendment known as Our Vote Our Future. The group announced Tuesday it has released two additional television ads, one from a 91-year-old woman and another from an election judge. 

The main group supporting the amendment, ProtectMyVote.Com, has also released television ads emphasizing the importance of election integrity. 

 

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