Voter ID supporters want boycott of AARP because it opposes proposed amendment

Some groups supporting Minnesota’s proposed Voter ID constitutional amendment are calling for a boycott of AARP because the advocacy group opposes the measure.

The proposed amendment requiring a valid photo ID for voting will be on the November ballot.

AARP has said many older voters, particularly those who no longer drive, don’t have photo IDs and would be disenfranchised at the polls under the proposal.

And Voter ID supporters say AARP has registered a ballot committee with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, signaling the group’s intent to aggressively oppose the Voter ID ballot question.

The coalition of groups supporting Voter ID says AARP isn’t paying attention, said Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority and spokesperson for the coalition:

“AARP is clearly out-of-step with a majority of its members on this issue. Polls have shown that a supermajority of Minnesota seniors support Voter ID.  Any organization that takes a position contrary to the majority of its members on such an issue is not worthy of their members’ support.”

The coalition has a website urging AARP members to cut up their cards and send them back to the organization.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 05/23/2012 - 02:14 pm.

    Come on people!

    We have real problems to solve. There is no reasons to create solutions without a problem. This is the republicans hard at work when they don’t have any answers for the real problems they have to create a pseudo problem to look relevant. Instead of relevant you can think totally bankrupt in all respects when you hear the word republican.

  2. Submitted by Chris Williams on 05/23/2012 - 02:26 pm.

    I said it on the Strib page and I’ll say it here too. This voter id law proposal does nothing to fix the actual poll problems that exist.

    The state of MN has no record of convicting ANYONE for voting under a false identity. It just hasn’t happened. The only voting irregularities with concrete proof to back them up, are the 23 paroled felons who were allowed to vote before their voting rights were reinstated. Identity was never a question. They presented themselves to the poll workers and provided their true names. The poll workers handed them a ballot and allowed them to vote.

    The proposed $40 million voter id bill would do nothing to fix this problem, and would inconvenience a lot more people. How about proposing a voting bill to fix an actual documented problem, rather than shoving this right wing red meat down our throats?

  3. Submitted by mark wallek on 05/24/2012 - 10:27 am.

    The huge non issue.

    The voter ID people are the same people who wanted tatoos on forearms. Control is MOST immportant in a failing nation. The more rigid, the more complete the control, the happier these people are. Voter fraud is a problem in the small minds of these individuals only because they would like to control the electoral process. They are probably friends with Diebold and are working to have the technology support their narrow aims.

  4. Submitted by John Edwards on 05/24/2012 - 11:49 am.

    An understandable move

    The AARP, as well as the League of Women Voters, are ostensibly non-partisan organizations that are controlled by partisans favorable to liberals and Democrats. The fact that DFL political operative Skip Humphrey was president of AARP’s Minnesota chapter and is now on its national board is a strong indicator of AARP’s bias, which is also clearly evident its stands on issues. Non liberals applaud the boycott.

    • Submitted by Steve Roth on 05/24/2012 - 02:51 pm.

      AARP boycott

      There’s a bias? Where? For not wanting to put an added burden on their members who want to continue to be a part of democracy?

      People for voter supression, making it harder for people to vote, ginning up a controversy and a problem where it doesn’t exist to get around demographic changes, applaud the boycott.

    • Submitted by Gerald Abrahamson on 05/25/2012 - 10:09 am.

      AARP is very conservative–more conservative than most.

      Apparently you do not look at AARP information very much–or you don’t understand what is shown there.

      First, there is NO membership involvement with AARP decisionmaking. It is entirely controlled by a self-appointed board of directors with ZERO input from the (paying !!) membership. This is LESS input than a corporation receives–because with a corporation, the shareholders get a VOTE once a year. The members of AARP do not even get THAT.

      Second, have you looked at the income sources for AARP? I think not. Significantly MORE than HALF of the TOTAL income to AARP comes from BIG BUSINESS. So, that means it is in the financial best interests of AARP (in terms of revenue) to NOT upset the current moneycart.

      You mention Skip Humphrey, but you failed to mention Nardelli (oh, you do NOT want to discuss him? WHY NOT?) and his successors. How much does the head of AARP get paid (“non-profit”, remember?). I know a lot of people who have left AARP because of what it has become–a giant private source of money for a select few.

  5. Submitted by Jim Bernstein on 05/24/2012 - 12:26 pm.

    This was never, ever about stopping voter fraud (which it cannot, if indeed there was such a thing) but was always about disqualifying people from voting the that Republicans don’t like to see at the polls. As Speaker Kurt Zellers noted (and many other Republicans seem to agree) voting is a “privilege” which can be restricted and not a right deserving of zealous protection.

    I have no doubt that from time-to-time someone votes who is not eligible vote. But what should trouble all of us is that if this amendment passes, there will be people who will be denied their right to vote but do not have a picture ID because they have no need for one.

  6. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 05/24/2012 - 02:31 pm.

    Voter ID requirements are one of the areas that the national and state AARP studies very carefully before it decides which way to “stand” on them. They know that requiring an unnecessary picture ID of all voters will present a hardship for their members and other elders who are not members of AARP.

    Those whose automatic response is to try to ferret out who might be Republican and who might be Democratic on the issue, and conclude that the AARP is Democratic or worse–liberal!– are ideologues who simply don’t care to do the research that the AARP does. They’re not a party. But they do care for the general welfare of the elderly and those approaching old age. I regret that some people search always for conspiracies, instead of looking carefully and calmly at the issues.

    There is no voter fraud to cause the voter ID campaign. Voter ID won’t prevent felons from trying to vote before the law lets them.

  7. Submitted by rebecca roiland on 07/04/2012 - 08:48 pm.

    They have to have ID to get Medical care, come on folks.

    Reality check, seniors have to have a picture ID to see a doctor, have a test, get Home Health Care…..so this is pure garbage that they dont have an ID….they go to the doctor regularly , so are they going to give up medical care because they cant get an ID. I dont think so. This is pure political folly and a big LIE.

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