Court fight inevitable for voter ID

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 17, 2012 - 7:13 PM

Even if the Legislature approves the measure as a constitutional amendment, opponents vow to try and keep it off November ballot.

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alaninilMar. 17, 12 7:24 PM

You're supposed to have an ID for everything else in this country - what's the big deal over voter ID's? What is discriminatory about this if EVERYONE is required to have it? I don't buy the argument that it's difficult or costly to obtain.

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smortensenMar. 17, 12 7:25 PM

You know I wonder, in the end, just how much money we will waste and basically throw down the toilet to stop the non-existent voter fraud?

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munsterlandrMar. 17, 12 7:29 PM

Democrats have used voter fraud for 75 years to steal elections. They won't give up without a fight. Look at our last Senate election with Al Franken. On a SPLIT Conservative ticket Al Franken first loses by 1,000 votes - then "discovers" 1,750 votes in recounts in Counties run by Democrats. Democrats will go to the mat to protect the vote cheating they depend on.

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regexpMar. 17, 12 7:30 PM

Vote fraud is basically non-existent. Voter ID is a solution in search of a problem. Republicans want to push more regulation into yet another area. And for those that ask the question "you have to show an ID for everything else?" ask yourself this basic question: "why?" Because the answer is usually never to protect integrity.

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smortensenMar. 17, 12 7:30 PM

offhand, the only cases of voter fraud I've heard of is a few felons who voted which the ID law wouldn't have stopped and what? a mom who voted for a daughter who as at college..Oh and Mitt Romney living in his son's basement. and of course Ann Coulter. That's about it.

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th3171Mar. 17, 12 7:33 PM

@alaninil--everyone is required to have an ID? Silly. While in premise I don't disagree with an ID requirement, it's goofy opinions that make me want to vote against it. Felons have an ID, seniors may not.

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smortensenMar. 17, 12 7:39 PM

If this law suppresses one elderly person or one person who just doesn't have their ID on voting day, that's too many. Besides that, since when do we bypass the legislative process and change our Constitution? If there is a pressing problem. There isn't. There is virtually no voter fraud. Not in any numbers that constitute a real problem. This the republican party just attempting to write voter suppression into the constitution.

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pitythefoolsMar. 17, 12 7:42 PM

Great. More time and money flushed down the toilet over legislation looking for a problem. If you want big, intrusive government that is willing to ignore the US Constitution and disenfranchise people who tend to vote against them, vote GOP.

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jhbensenMar. 17, 12 7:50 PM

The only ones who should be worried about not voting for lack of identification are the illegals in the U.S. They don't get any form of I.D for that will bring about to much scrutiny so of course that can't be. Senior citizens have to have some form of I.D. if you don't have it with you what are you doing at the polls. If you drive you have to have some form of I.D.

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smortensenMar. 17, 12 7:57 PM

Republicans know that laws like this effect mostly the elderly, poor, sick, college students and so on. Not reliably republican voters. They also know, if you vote, they lose. It's like shaving points to them. They are behind the 8 ball right now. Their worried that the snow job will fall apart...that the most pressing issues we face in Minnesota today are stopping the non existent voter fraud, stopping gay marriage, and busting the few remaing unions left are soooo important, we have to change the freakin Constituion! Think about it. Sheese. You've got to be kidding me

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