September 19, 2012 by Sarah M
// By Sarah McKenzie //
The Advocates for Human Rights, a downtown-based nonprofit, is hosting a panel discussion about the proposed Voter ID amendment following a performance of “Appomattox” at the Guthrie Theater on Oct. 2.
Robin Phillips, executive director of The Advocates, will moderate the panel discussion after the two-act play that focuses on pivotal moments in American history starting with the end of the Civil War to President Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to get the Voting Rights Act passed by Congress.
“The arts are a natural place to discuss human rights issues,” Phillips said in a news release. “Appomattox addresses civil and human rights issues that have shaped the United States throughout its history, including the right to vote. Today in Minnesota, the right of citizens to vote is once again threatened. The proposed Voter ID amendment on the ballot would, for the first time in the state’s history, narrow suffrage.”
The amendment would require voters to provide government-issued photo ID at the polls. Supporters of the proposed amendment argue it would reduce voter fraud. However, many Minnesota voters do not have government-issued photo IDs, including many senior citizens.