Advertisement falsely claims that “military IDs aren’t valid IDs” under the Minnesota Voter ID Amendment
St. Paul – “Our Vote Our Future” yesterday conducted a press conference in which they announced the launch of a new television commercial entitled “Alex.” Alex is presented as a military veteran who claims that “military IDs aren’t valid IDs” under the proposed Minnesota Voter ID Amendment. “Our Vote Our Future” represents a coalition of organizations who oppose the Voter ID Amendment.
“It’s a blatant lie and they know it,” said Dan McGrath, Chairman of ProtectMyVote.com. “The Voter ID Amendment was carefully crafted to accommodate a wide variety of government-issued identifications, including military IDs.”
The exact language of the Voter ID Amendment states “All voters voting in person must present valid government-issued photographic identification before receiving a ballot.”
“This language would allow for state-issued driver’s licenses, tribal ids, passports, military ids, as well as any other type of government issued identification,” said McGrath.
Military ID is currently accepted for voting purposes under state statutes and election administration rules. Since military ID is both government-issued and photographic, the amendment can not invalidate their use.
“Our opponents have resorted to a campaign of lies and deception because they can’t make their case to Minnesota voters based upon the real facts.”
McGrath stated that his organization is filing a complaint against “Our Vote Our Future” for criminal dissemination of false political advertising. ProtectMyVote.com also sent a letter to major Minnesota media outlets informing them that they may be violating the law if they knowingly air a false political ad.
“Minnesota Statute 211B.06 clearly states that it is a gross misdemeanor to participate in the preparation, dissemination or broadcast of paid political advertising that is false,” said McGrath. “Everyone is entitled to their opinions on the Voter ID amendment, but they are not entitled to lie to the voters of Minnesota in an attempt to advance their unpopular agenda.”