Capitol Decoded: For wave of voter ID bills, a conservative group offers a model

  • Article by: ALEXANDRA TEMPUS , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 5, 2012 - 6:27 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A proposed constitutional amendment to require a photo ID for Minnesota voters is part of a surge of similar legislation nationwide, much of it springing from a conservative organization that's well-known to politicians but operates largely out of public view.

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torligeMar. 5, 12 6:40 AM

About 10 years ago a group of friends and I went to Winnipeg via car. At the border, the Canadian customs questioned us some only had drivers licenses while others had passports. Their main contention is a drivers license only proof of being able to drive in a given country, and not proof of citizenship. If republicans want voters to show proof of citizenship at the polls, a drivers license would not be enough as non-citizens do hold MN drivers licenses.

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fwallenMar. 5, 12 6:47 AM

It is amazing to see the opposition to voter ID. You need it to open a bank account, you need it to buy sedafed, you need it to fly on an airplane, and some stores ask for it before accepting my credit card. A few years ago I was in a very small town in southern Minnesota on election day and wanted to vote. I walked into the school registered instantly after two locals who I didn't know and who had no idea who I was "vouched" for me. It's that easy to vote in MN. My motivation was legitimate, but what if it wasn't?

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aurorasMar. 5, 12 6:56 AM

There absolutely should be some form of voter ID in all of the states.

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solarnowMar. 5, 12 6:58 AM

"It's a concerted effort to make it more difficult for people who vote for Democrats to get to the polls." Bingo! This is not about the 95% of adults who already have ID. This is about the 5%, give or take, of U.S. Citizens who do not. People who haven't driven in 20 years, and their birth certificate is long lost, in another state, etc. There are U.S. Citizens out there who fall into this category. Undeniably, this law would infringe on their Rights as Citizens to vote.

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ezekial392Mar. 5, 12 6:58 AM

With 31 states currently considering Voter ID bills and 5 states having passed a photo ID requirement in the last last year (Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas and South Carolina), I would say there is something to this... It's not a fluke... 36 out of 50 states = 72% 36 out of 57 states (by prez's count) = 63%

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marcodevichMar. 5, 12 7:00 AM

This time around we'll have the "legal" voters of Minnesota decide this issue, not Governor Dayton's veto pen!

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longmemoryMar. 5, 12 7:03 AM

The GOP doesn't even trust itself. There have been accusations among them after certain contests recently. If they don't win it's not because they lost fair and square, it's because someone else cheated. Paranoia is a disease, not a reason to amend the constitution.

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chuckdancerMar. 5, 12 7:05 AM

1) "fwallen"; I don't believe your story. 2) After more than 150 years of conducting election, proponents want us to believe that suddenly "integrity" of elections is a paramount concern for Minnesotans My personal belief,after listening to proponents attempt to support their efforts, is that this is directly linked to bias against immigrants from Africa and Mexico, although they are sly enough and disingenous enough to have dialed back their statements against these groups when talking about this issue.

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iswaynebradyMar. 5, 12 7:06 AM

Legislation created by Walmart - just what I always wanted! I know they have my and other Minnesotans' best interest in mind.

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barbjensMar. 5, 12 7:08 AM

It all sounds well and good but I doubt that there is that much voter fraud that would "turn" any election. But if everyone does not get to vote because they have not ID then it will "turn" and election. I have been an Electon Judge and the requirements were quite strict in order to vote and I believe were quite adequate.

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