Keep it easy to vote by ensuring ballot integrity

  • Article by: NORM COLEMAN
  • Updated: October 5, 2012 - 7:44 PM

Opponents of Minnesota's constitutional amendment to require a valid photo ID prior to voting are increasingly crying wolf rather than focusing on the facts. The developing logic around their opposition suggests that they are of the opinion that some level of voter fraud is acceptable in Minnesota and that a photo ID is an impediment to voting.

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wagn0404Oct. 4, 12 6:56 PM

No voting procedure will ever catch 100% of voter fraud, so don't act like requiring an ID is some kind of panacea for the problem. Re the title: How does adding another requirement to vote somehow 'keep it easy'?

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pumiceOct. 4, 12 7:03 PM

From the article: "The function of requiring a photo ID isn't intended to block anyone's right to vote." Yeh right. In the same way Archbishop Nienstedt's "positive affirmation [of marriage is], not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory to anyone."

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frozentigerOct. 4, 12 7:04 PM

"Minnesota is a place where common sense tends to outweigh senselessness." EXACTLY!! That's why Norm is an overpaid lobbyist and no longer an elected representative of the people of MN. And while we're at it, let us focus on the Carter/Baker recommendations; nice job at cherry picking what Pr. Carter says in the report. He also said that it was critical that states have a operational plan in place BEFORE legislating such requirements. That has not been done. (Also, it says NOTHING about adding such language to a state's constitution.) Finally, Norm has a pretty negative view of the good people of Minnesota if he's anticipating 'rampant' voter fraud.

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getcrazyOct. 4, 12 7:08 PM

Excuse me for pointing out the obvious but if you already need an id to vote how will yet another requirement to have an id stop voter fraud? Furthermore if it isn't going to change anything why is the GOP wasting hard earned taxpayer dollars on this issue instead of doing what they have been hired to do? How does this help create jobs? How does it help with economic issues facing Minnesotans today? How does it repair our infrastructure of roads and bridges? How does it help us with our educational system so Minnesotans can remain a competitive workforce in a global market? It doesn't help with any of those things and neither does the marriage amendment. The GOP has wasted our money by not doing their jobs for the people of Minnesota.

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cobrettiOct. 4, 12 7:22 PM

In 2008 Coleman led Franken by 725 votes. Franken and an army of lawyers challenged the result. In the end Franken won by 312 votes. Since then 1,099 felons(ineligible to vote) were identified that voted in the election. 177 have been convicted another 66 await trial.Franken became the 60th vote for Obamacare. So voter fraud does exist and yes it does have consequences.

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cobrettiOct. 4, 12 7:29 PM

...and for people who say that the 243 fraudulent votes didn't surpass the 315 vote victory margin, it's only because the burden of proof is so difficult in Minnesota. The voter must have knowingly voted unlawfully. Very difficult to prove. But that still leaves 856 voters who's votes shouldn't have counted.

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goferfanzOct. 4, 12 7:39 PM

Coleman understates the problem--> when all the illegal immigrants are combined with sancturary cities where no attempt is even made to verify citizenship = a plethora of undetected illegal votes. A better comparison would be to stop all speed traps and then have the police declare there is no speeding in MN because no tickets have been written. When WI went carefully threw its recall petition rolls, 30,000 names were removed. That should chill every concerned citizen in this great country.

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elmore1Oct. 4, 12 7:52 PM

Norm, thanks for providing the big picture and putting this in perspective. Voter modernization is the right thing to do and will pass.

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getcrazyOct. 4, 12 7:54 PM

@cobretti- "felons(ineligible to vote)"--only part way true. After the felon is released from probation or parole and has completed obligations with corrections they are in fact eligible to vote in the state of Minnesota. Show me proof that these alleged illegal votes went to Franken. Just a question because you mentioned Obama Care. If the nation is so broke why didn't the GOP introduce legislation to bring their congressional benefit packages (100% health, dental and retirement until they die) more in line with the rest of Americans. Furthermore why does a person like Mitt Romney need me to pay for his medical insurance and retirement package when he has millions of dollars. I certainly don't like to have tax dollars going to to people that won't look for work but I find it even more unfavorable when a multimillionaire accepts government health care from the taxpaying middle class. Especially when many of those people can't even afford to get it for themselves or their children.

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allhailfsmOct. 4, 12 8:14 PM

Norm is still bitter that he lost the election. I get that. But his argument is groundless. Photo ID may help you register, but it is NOT the same kind of photo ID that the law requires. The law requires your ID to have your current address, your photo, and an expiration date. It has to be state-issued.

This law will costs millions of dollars to manage, and will require more state employees to be hired to process provisional ballots and assist people to get the free identification.

Also, most of those new state employees will be Democrats, so the amount of actual fraud will be more than offset by new Democratic voters in state jobs.

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