The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

October 2, 2012

Budget a big deal for Nicollet County Board candidates

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When asked how much would such an amendment cost the county, Stenson said they’ve already had discussions as a county board about the topic and have been told it will cost the county about $100,000 to do this.

“In my experience on the County Board, we’ve had two cases, and county attorney has prosecuted them and the perpetrators were penalized,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a problem.”

Said Johnson, “Voter ID should be passed because, when you go to vote, you need an ID to register.”

If the law is passed, Genelin said that in his estimation, implementing a system to enforce it wouldn’t cost as much as Stenson suggests.

And Dranttel said the law, if passed, will be another unfunded mandate the taxpayers of Nicollet County — or any county — shouldn’t have to pay.

“I don’t want to do it,” she said. “Quite frankly, it sucks.”

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