Editorial: Clear up rules on state voting rights

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  • Updated: February 3, 2012 - 8:17 AM

There are too many questions about felons casting ballots.

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elmore1Feb. 2, 1211:13 PM

Why does the task force want to keep studying this? The ND plan sounds great. I never even knew that some felons could vote. Why should we let them? They are locked away for good reasons.

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minn12Feb. 3, 12 2:35 AM

So much for those who say Minnesota has no 'voting problems'. Many posters have claimed there were almost NO felons who voted. Well, it turns out HUNDREDS of felons cast illegal votes. Yet only about 100 were charged. And as we know Al Franken stole the senate election recall by only 312 votes. With hundreds of felons voting illegally, those votes alone could have caused Franken to win. And that's not to mention all the regular fraudulent votes cast by people who registered late, and their addresses turned out to be fake or 'no such address'. Or dead people who somehow managed to vote. The liberals who claim there is no fraud are lying to you. Voter ID is used in 39 other states, and needs to be done here asap. And every felon in the state should have to get clearance to vote BEFORE voting, to ensure there is no more fraud. Enough is enough.

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janetocFeb. 3, 12 7:45 AM

minn12, the votes cast for the Senate election were reviewed by multiple individuals and there was nothing to see. This is a created issue by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, funded by the elite, Koch Bros. ALEC pushes legislation such as this around the country in attempt to scare us up to diminish our Constitutional rights. Really, stop watching FOX and get the real facts.

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jimdogFeb. 3, 12 7:47 AM

This editorial is all about felons voting and what do people bring up- voter id!! Voter ID will not solve this problem- felons on probation who are ineligible to vote can have a drivers license. Having a drivers license does not make you eligible to vote.

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owatonnabillFeb. 3, 12 8:46 AM

I can see why this upsets Minnesota liberals. I mean, aside from the felon vote, the multiple vote, the illegal alien vote and the dead vote, who are they going to be able to count on for support?

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thunderFeb. 3, 12 9:44 AM

Not all persons convicted of a felony are liberal, Democrats, uneducated or poor. Pretty sure Denny Hecker and Tom Petters would vote republican. As for ID, every offender released from a State correctional facility is given a State ID with few exceptions. Part of the problem is a lack of funding to have a central repository for current and accurate records. As a moderate with conservative leanings I would like to see how many absentee ballots come in from voters who spend part of the year in another state and how many likely cast a vote in that state too. I am sure there is equal fraud on both sides.

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ZombiehunterFeb. 3, 12 9:58 AM

Let me preface this post by saying I've been an election judge for 20 years.

No one at any point has ever claimed that no felons have voted and to even suggest such a thing is just plain silly. Several posters have also suggested that all the felons voted for Franken, which is not true. Some did vote Republican and some undoubtedly voted Democratic too.

Illegal aliens are not voting in any significant numbers. Think about it: you're in the country illegally and you're trying to stay below the legal radar. Are you going to risk deportation by going in to a polling place where you don't speak the language, stand out like a sore thumb, and you have to hand them your name and home address? While you're at it you might as well hold up a neon sign saying "arrest me."

People aren't doing multiple voting as they would have to be registered at multiple addresses, which is in itself a felony. Also dead people are culled from the voting records at the county level.

To put icing on the cake, the conservative group Minnesota Majority went through the state records county by county looking for just these sort of issues. And what did they find? Nothing. In Hennepin County they forwarded on about 200 suspicious cases out of about 600,000 voters, of which 45 we then forwarded for further investigation.

Now if Minnesota Majority can't find Jack, it looks to me like he's this mythical character who doesn't exist.

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ZombiehunterFeb. 3, 1210:09 AM

Here's another fact that should give people pause about this voter ID amendment. If it's based on last year's proposed voter ID bill, it's seriously flawed. Here's why.

The bill eliminated all requirements that people prove they live at an address. No utility or phone bill. No cable bill...nothing of that sort. All you need is a driver's license to get a voter ID. And we all know how easy it is to get a fake driver's license.

So this amendment, if it's worded the same, would make it easier to commit voter fraud, not harder.

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jimdogFeb. 3, 1210:24 AM

"I can see why this upsets Minnesota liberals. I mean, aside from the felon vote, the multiple vote, the illegal alien vote and the dead vote, who are they going to be able to count on for support?"....... Even if there were many cases of voter fraud- (which there aren't)- you couldn't possibly know that they voted for liberals because of the secret ballot. It is just more of conservatives vivid imagination that there is widespread fraud and they all vote for liberals.

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revleeFeb. 3, 1211:16 AM

Jimdog -- really -- the voting judge for 20 years just told us that she knows some felons voted for Republicans -- how would she know? I thought it was a secret ballot? Obviously, you don't know -- you can assume and you are probably right. There is a problem when your name is on the roles and you walk in to the precinct to vote and you tell them your last name and they turn the book around so you can read and ask, which one are you? My son's name was still on the books. He could have voted in his precinct and came back to vote again in my precinct and no one would have known -- it would not be challenged. We have a local Sports writer on the radio who bragged on air of voting twice several years ago. The integrity of our elections should not be taken for granted. We need to have voter picture ID. IT is NOT too much to ask.

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