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.