Dayton vetoes voter ID

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 27, 2011 - 8:28 AM

While rejecting the photo ID bill, he ordered up a panel to look for ways to improve elections.

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CitizenMikeMay. 26, 11 9:14 PM

Mark Dayton’s recent over-the-top name calling … ”Extreme” …. “They don’t know very much about government” … “They care even less” … “They are un-Minnesotan.” This is nothing less than a juvenile temper tantrum by Dayton taking the Governor’s office directly into the gutter because he could not get his way. Now that the governor has resorted to this despicable behavior, I hope he is called names that he has earned with his completely inappropriate name-calling behavior. Dayton does not deserve to be governor, and he is mischaracterizing the entire situation. $34,200,000,000.00 (34.2 Billion) is same budget Minnesota has had in the last biennium it was enough when Dayton’s party (Democrats) controlled both House and Senate. Our current house and senate gave him the same amount again, just as the majority campaigned and were elected to enact. Dayton’s statement that “I have a mandate too” is also completely misstated. Dayton won only 43% of the vote, and nearly lost by a margin of less than 1%. Mandates come from a landslide election. Dayton did not achieve that. The landslide election was to vote out enough incumbent Democrats to give both our House and Senate a conservative majority. FACT: The mandate vote went to Republicans, not to Dayton. The Republicans campaigned on a platform to hold back new spending and they have now done exactly what they promised they would when Minnesota Voters elected them into a majority. Dayton’s emotional outbursts and lack of mature leadership do nothing but hurt all Minnesota residents. $34,200,000,000.00 is more than enough. Real estate taxes are the responsibility of local government, not State officials. County, City and Townships can determine their own taxation fate by their own spending. Any community that does not like their real estate tax base needs to elect people who’s platform is to cut the size of local government. Dayton is the individual where name calling could and should be directed, because he earned it. I could not be more disappointed in the lack of mature leadership of our current governor. Minnesota has been blessed with dignified and respectful political leadership in both major parties. I miss this more mature leadership.

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rhinohornMay. 26, 11 9:31 PM

Wow! How out of touch can you be? This was an issue supported by the vast majority of Minnesotans and Dayton knew this. He can never cite public opinion polls to support his actions again after this.

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her401May. 26, 11 9:37 PM

Dayton vetoes voter ID because he loves voter fraud. If an ID is needed to fly, rent a video, cash a check, drive etc then you should also need ID to vote otherwise get rid of ALL ID requirements!

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DUSTYBMay. 26, 11 9:41 PM

veto veto veto . what happened to meeting half way. what a joke. shame on you Mark Dayton. You are not who you say you are.

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JJKOOLKMay. 26, 11 9:42 PM

"In his veto letter, Dayton said Minnesota's election system is already "the best in the nation.".... ",,,Dayton also Thursday issued an executive order creating a task force to study methods of modernizing Minnesota's elections" Which is it Mr. Governor? We have a system that works or one that doesn't?

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smbiznesownrMay. 26, 11 9:53 PM

Thank you Governor for vetoing this bill. As voters understand that the only reason Republicans are pushing this is to suppress voters which traditionally vote democratic it will quickly fall from favor.

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grjanssenMay. 26, 1110:01 PM

OF COURSE HE WOULD VETO VOTER ID, were it not for "vouched for" illegals, mentally challanged and felons, he would NOT be govenor! DFL will continue to rule!

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ginny6May. 26, 1110:02 PM

Thank you, Governor Dayton. This bill is purely an attempt to disenfranchise legitimate voters. The League of Women Voters has it right.

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hockeydadmnMay. 26, 1110:10 PM

This veto defies the majority of voters. These voters are not protesting, not marching on the capital and are not breaking any laws. They value their right to vote and do not trust the current government to protect the value of their vote. How can feel that their votes count if the government can not identify who is voting and how many times they are voting, possibly under assumed names. It is not logical not to check ID's. Everyone needs an ID today, even my teenage children, that won't be voting for a few years have picture IDs.

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cashncareyMay. 26, 1110:12 PM

Why would he order a "panel" to look for ways to improve elections? Unless there are issues or unless he wants to be better at stealing elections!? Either way, he should have just signed the bill. Everyone wants fair and accurate elections. Showing an ID ensures that accuracy. How could anyone oppose fair and accurate elections? Shame on our governor for doing so. He is truly a failure as a leader.

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