Apr 4, 2011

Voter ID forum April 13

State Representatives Steve Simon (D–District 44A) and Mary Kiffmeyer (R–District 16B) will express their opposing views on the controversial Voter ID issue in a program hosted by the Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government at 7 p.m., Wed., April 13 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College. The free public event will include a question and answer period following the speakers’ discussion. Each guest speaker will be allowed no more than 30 minutes. Refreshments will follow the forum, which is expected to conclude by 8:30 p.m. Kiffmeyer is the chief author of H.F. 210, a bill which would require all voters to have a current photo ID in order to receive a ballot. If passed, the new law would take effect June 1, 2012. Rep. Steve Simon has voiced concerns that the bill would make it more difficult for some to vote. The Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government strives to educate and encourage participation of citizens in effective government and the political process. For information, contact Kellett at (320) 260-8064 or Steve Wenzel, executive director, at (218) 855-8073.