How much would Voter ID cost?

12 Sep 2012

There seems to be a bit of a disagreement on that point.

From the opponents:

A report last week from Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, which opposes the amendment, estimates that rolling out the new system could cost at least $36.5 million and possibly as much as $77.6 million for state and local governments.

The costs alone for preserving Election Day registration — based on scenarios ranging from its total elimination to requiring significant technological investments to save it — range from $23 million to about $50 million.

and further…

If for some reason Election Day registration were completely eliminated, Minnesota’s exemption from the National Voter Registration Act would be revoked.

That would require the Department of Motor Vehicles and agencies that provide public support to offer and track voter registration services. “[T]he cost of losing the NVRA exemption, which is unprecedented, could reach millions of dollars,” according to the report.

From the supporters:

“Ritchie claims the photo ID ‘system’ would cost local governments millions of dollars and raise property taxes,” Downey wrote in the Pioneer Press op-ed article. “What system? Voters just bring their ID. There will of course be costs for training, voter outreach and free state IDs. Well worth it. But nothing in the legislation requires local governments to buy new technology.”

(Mark Ritchie is MN Secretary of State and Rep. Keith Downey is a MN state legislator.)

There are many reasons to oppose Voter ID. How low would the price have to go to make legalized voter suppression a good idea?

2 responses to How much would Voter ID cost?

  1. Okay, I didn’t expect that last sentence. Sounds like you have your mind made up.

    I don’t. I really don’t know how I’m going to vote on this one. Can you tell me who you think is going to have their vote suppressed if this passes?

    Right now my impression now is that it’s not going to matter much – If it passes, it won’t stop very many wrong people from voting (because there really aren’t that many who are voting improperly) and it won’t stop very many legal voters from voting (because there really aren’t that many people who don’t have photo ids.).