In the Brainerd Dispatch's recent interview with Dan Severson, he is quoted saying “Long voting lines, particularly in the Twin Cities area, pose an obstacle for time-pressed voters” and that he would like to create express lane voting where those who obtain a state-approved identification card could go to a special line and vote with the swipe of a card, bypassing the normal registration process.
Well, that may sound dandy. But it is worth mentioning that Mr. Severson, in an interview on April 24, 2014 with Tim Kinley on Speechless, may have shown his true colors: "Now, if you don't want to do it, be my guest. You can go over to the side and wait in line two hours in the cold. That's fine."
That is not the type of statement I would expect to hear from someone who is supposed to be a promoter of civic engagement. I'll take an express pass on him and instead cast my vote for Steve Simon, who is a true champion of voting rights. Please join me!
Martha C. Stenglein