Radio ads opposing a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot are running in Rochester.
The 60-second spot features Iraq War veteran Alex Erickson speaking out against the amendment. With patriotic music playing the background, Erickson says, "I proudly served our country in the United States Army, witnessing the courage of the Iraqi people as they exercised their right to vote. I realized then that the right to vote is what makes America the greatest democracy in the world. But here in Minnesota, our right to vote is under attack."
The ad blasts the proposal for not allowing military identification to qualify as one of the accepted forms of photo identification. It goes on to say that the amendment would change how absentee balloting and same-day registration is done in the state and that will end up hurting not only veterans but "seniors, students and countless others."
The ad urges people to call Sen. Dave Senjem and "ask him not to use our constitution to take away our right to vote."
The ads are sponsored by TakeAction Minnesota, a liberal advocacy group. The spots are running on talk radio station KROC-AM and country radio station KWWK-FM. To hear the ad, go here.
Area Republican lawmakers who have co-sponsored legislation that would put the photo ID amendment on the November ballot are Rep. Mike Benson of Rochester, Rep. Greg Davids of Preston, Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa and Rep. Duane Quam of Byron.