A coalition of religious leaders opposed to the state’s proposed photo ID amendment announced an aggressive outreach effort Thursday, Sept. 13, to persuade people of faith to vote No. The “Faith in Democracy” campaign aims to engage 50,000 people of faith on the issue through phone calls, door-knocking and direct mail. The effort is part of the “Prophetic Voices” initiative launched this spring by several groups including Jewish Community Action, ISAIAH, His Works United and the Center for Public Ministry at United Theological Seminary.
Organizers were joined by about 40 clergy members at the Capitol on Thursday morning to speak against the amendment, which would require Minnesota voters to show a photo ID at the polls. Opponents say requiring photo ID will make it harder for groups such as the elderly, youth, people of color and the poor to vote.