Editorial: A smart alternative to photo ID effort

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  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Electronic voter poll books hold promise for Minnesota.

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minn12Mar. 13, 12 7:35 PM

It's currenty illegal to use DMV driver license photos or addresses for non-public safety uses. It's a violation of the state Data Practices act. Remember the woman who had her DL photo viewed illegally hundreds of times by cops and others who were actually authorized to use the system? Problem is they used the system for NON BUSINESS uses, and are now being sued by the victim. Ritchie and the strib just can't say go ahead and use driver license data at polling places, since it's illegal to do so. The law would need to be changed. And finally, it's a bad idea in the first place. As with many other states, we also need the provisional ballots that is in the amendment. Currently, all illegal votes are COUNTED and cannot be taken back. Provisional ballots allow anyone to vote who cannot provide ID or have other problems to cast the ballot, but it would only be counted once ID or info is verified. And THAT is critical to having squeeky clean elections.

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falcon1676Mar. 13, 12 7:59 PM

minn12 - It's currenty illegal to use DMV driver license photos or addresses for non-public safety uses. It's a violation of the state Data Practices act. ------------------- No it's not. A drivers license is used for identification all the time. And in this case it would be a government official using it for identification purposes. If your claim were true it would mean that virtually EVERYONE in the state would have to get a new ID just to vote because a drivers license couldn't be used for identification. And a drivers license is the predominant form of identification in both the state and the country.

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crystalbayMar. 13, 12 8:31 PM

Of course the GOP's not supporting this airtight, economical and reasonable alternative to launching a constitutional amendment: it defeats their purpose of suppressing Dem votes. Their true colors are shining through now. If it weren't so onerous, it'd be laughable. All this talk about "vote integrity" but when a completely workable alternative to photo ID & a constitutional amendment is created, they oppose it.

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goferfanzMar. 13, 12 9:05 PM

"""voter suppression effort that the GOP has orchestrated"""....Yep, the GOP does want to suppress illegals voting, especially in our state loaded with sanctuary cities. And really, the Strib cites a Dane county judge, or Owebama's own justice Dept? Gosh, no bias there ;o) If the GOP has any panache, they will proceed with Voter ID and offer to pay for any costs --->by increasing the taxes on people making over 1 million dollars by that miniscule percent fraction it would take to raise a few million. How great = the Dayton's of MN could fund this effort! (Hey CB, checked OCP prices at Target lately?)

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fishergMar. 13, 12 9:14 PM

The reasonable members of the GOP quietly endorse this as a BETTER alternative NOT a "supplement". (It actually puts many of the GOP on the defensive) It's cheaper, up to date and more reliable than the "20th" century idea of requiring a piece of plastic to vote. There is no rational argument against it.... only right wing hyperbole...

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elmore1Mar. 13, 12 9:45 PM

Phase in a program to require photo ID over a couple of years similar to how they changed the passport rule for traveling into Canada. This is a reasonable approach. I could see using laptops at the voting place turning into a major bottleneck. If someone is old enough to vote they should have the organizational skills to attain a photo ID and meet this simple requirement.

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RossbergMar. 13, 12 9:59 PM

Notice how acceptable a compromise is when it's apparent that a Voter ID amendment will be easily approved by the voters. Where was all this "bipartisanship" last year when Voter ID in the form of a bill was shot down?

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arspartzMar. 13, 1210:01 PM

How is this system any better for the liberals? The only difference is that you don't need to have physical possession of your ID. If you have never gotten a state ID or DL you will not be in the state database.

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asmithe2Mar. 13, 1210:18 PM

How does this help create jobs again? There are only 201 legislator positions available to aspiring Republicans. Is it worth the millions this will cost to create more republican legislative seats?

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hobie2Mar. 13, 1210:54 PM

YES! A state-wide database of every person in the state, with age, photo, residence, and all state documents! It did a great job of keeping people safe the last places it was used in the world, and it will keep our elections safe - it works like a champ in North Korea, and it worked well to keep Soviet elections and the German National Socialist elections clean and pure... Minnesota needs it - we can merge it with the Bush E-Verify for employees, applicants, and companies, and the Patriot Act bank accounts database, and then the various governments can check in an instant on any citizen, in case they stray... "Those who exchange freedom for safety will soon have neither" B. Franklin.

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