Coalition gears up to oppose voter ID plan

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 12, 2012 - 8:35 PM

Education about effects is a priority for groups coming together.

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ronniereaganApr. 12, 12 9:02 PM

At some point- these groups who are opposing responsible voter ID laws that have been upheld by a 6-3 Supreme Court have to be hiding something. Just imagine if they used this same energy to help get every voter a voter ID. The level of opposition to any form of voter ID screams that they truly know that illegal is occuring. Why else would they fight so hard? Why not simply sit down with everyone and craft a voter ID bill that is fair for everyone? The answer is that they never want any form of voter identification. Sad

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drillforoilApr. 12, 12 9:20 PM

I oppose the coalition.

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crystalbayApr. 12, 12 9:24 PM

Falcon posted this morning (in response to your question about "why else would Dems fight so hard against this?"): --- You want valid arguments? 1) This isn't a local or state problem. It's a national problem fraudulently devised and implemented by ALEC. 2) Republicans in every state that they control have submitted virtually the EXACT same piece of legislation to 'combat' voter fraud. And upon not being able to pass the legislation, they've turned to constitutional amendments to try and push it through. 3) There is absolutely ZERO proof of the wide scale voter fraud that Republicans claim exist. There are a few isolated cases here and there that would not be stopped by voter ID. 4) Republicans have cited massive numbers relating to dead people, illegal immigrants and felons voting, but there is NOTHING to support the numbers. 5) Every reputable agency that isn't controlled by Republican shills has shown that without a doubt, voter ID will disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. And those voters vote mainly Democratic. Now, once you add up all those facts, the nation wide effort, the ALEC template, the fraud perpetrated by Republicans with their numbers and claims, the studies, and the complete lack of evidence, there is no other conclusion that can be drawn but that Republicans are trying to disenfranchise the Democrat voter base so they can stack elections in their favor. And the fact that you're going after union funding for Democrats just further supports the claim.

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guffmanApr. 12, 12 9:30 PM

This manufactured effort to oppose this ballot initiative will fail miserably. It has been twice upheld by the US Supreme Court who tossed out the arguments against it stating that NOBODY would be disenfranchised by this requirement. Sorry boys, them's the facts. How inconvenient for this story...

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chuckspearerApr. 12, 12 9:32 PM

I'll vote no to the Marriage Amendment ballot, but I'll definitely be voting YES on Voter ID.

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jenninminnApr. 12, 12 9:34 PM

So Ronnie Reagan since voter ID means that all people with a photo ID with a current address are LEGAL, and this prevents all fraud from illegals, all GOP can now confirm and agree President Obama is a legal citizen since he has a photo ID to prove where he lives, and all those birthers and folks screaming he was born in Kenya can shut up and go away. Right? Because if you have a photo ID you are a legal citizen. That's what that photo proves according to you. Whew, at least that is one benefit of this ALEC law.

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chastaylorApr. 12, 12 9:34 PM

So purchasing a pack of smokes or a bottle of booze at the local store requires more verification than electing our criminal elite?

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jenninminnApr. 12, 12 9:45 PM

Chastaylor: I do agree with you on one thing. Our legislature in MN is currently controlled by the criminal elite, and this legislation is designed to help them stay there.

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ronniereaganApr. 12, 12 9:49 PM

crystalbay- Voter turnout increased in Indiana after voter ID law passed. Find me a disenfrachised voter in Indiana affected by the voted ID requirement. Saying there is little to no voter fraud is like saying no one speeds on the freeway when the police do not have a radar guy. "Every reputable agency"......translates into only organization that you agree with. Opinion polls have repeated shown a healthy majority of Americans support a fair and reasonable voter ID. Why don't we hear about the all this voter suppression in the European countries that require voter ID?? Plain and simply- your resistence to any form of reasonable and thoughtful voter ID suggests that you know liberals will lose illegal votes. Name any condition you want to make voter ID more reasonable- free ID, 2-4 year waiting period before implementation, voter outreach funding and public education. What else do you want? You know- not having transporation to the voting booth suppresses voter turnout. Must be a GOP consipracy

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odannyboyApr. 12, 12 9:57 PM

Why doesn't the GOP just be honest with us about their motives and reinstitute a poll tax?

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