Tread carefully with online voter registration

  • Article by: Dan McGrath
  • Updated: October 17, 2013 - 6:32 PM

At a minimum, tread more carefully than Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has been doing with his one-man show.

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dakmarknetOct. 17, 13 7:23 PM

This is coming from the guy behind the Voter ID amendment of 2012. Manufactured lies that convinced so many that voter fraud was prevalent in the MN system, McGrath now wants to prevent actual voters from registering. This guy is a nightmare.

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luzhishenOct. 17, 13 7:43 PM

So is anyone but the party that has set up all sorts of "make it difficult for the little people to vote" laws in places like NC and Arizona concerned about security? This sounds similar to the great concerns for women's health regarding abortion (but not men's health regarding viagra) in GOP dominated states.

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davehougOct. 17, 13 8:04 PM

At the least it show Ritchie to be tone-deaf to probably concerns from both sides of the aisle.

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dentesterOct. 17, 13 9:09 PM

It wouldn't be so suspicious if this guy didn't have a history of presiding over sketchy elections and receiving financial support from left-wing manipulator George Soros.

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reidOct. 17, 13 9:14 PM

So how can we answer the question if voter fraud really exists, or not? The one side says it is rampant, busloads of union supporters or illegals, or neighboring students or whatever the charge is, show up at polls and others vouch for them and voila, more votes for the (usually) democrat. Then there is the opinion that no prosecutions for fraud come to the courts, at least in no great numbers, and therefore there must be little fraud out there. Is there a chance that someone has figured out a way to get people voting who are really aren't supposed to be voting, and the current system is not catching them? Or is the current system of checks and balances so good that IF there were fraud, it would be definitely caught, almost without fail? I am happy to believe the side that can prove they are right. As it stands now, it is just a bunch of finger pointing at the other side. Is there a way to monitor one election as prove fraud, or prove it isn't happening and lay this whole thing to rest once and for all?

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michaelpatrickOct. 18, 13 2:23 AM

reid: "So how can we answer the question if voter fraud really exists, or not?" You prove that voter fraud exists by demonstrating that it does. "I am happy to believe the side that can prove they are right." As a matter of basic logic, one cannot prove a negative; one can only prove an affirmative or positive claim. Thus, the burden of proof is on those who claim that voter fraud exists. They've been unable to do so with the exception of a handful of examples around the nation, examples that mostly stem from voter error rather than attempted fraud. "As it stands now, it is just a bunch of finger pointing at the other side." No, the finger pointing is coming from those who claim voter fraud is real problem, and all they do is point fingers; they've failed to provide evidence that it is.

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michaelpatrickOct. 18, 13 2:32 AM

I find Dan McGrath of Minnesota Majority to lack any credibility whatsoever. I do think that, given the essential, critical, and central nature of voting in a democracy as its fundamental institution and adaptive sustaining system, that any major reforms of it in law, rule, or in practice should be conducted in an open public manner and undertaken as part of a public dialogue. I don't know the particulars of what's happened/happening here in MN, but I hope that what is going on will be or is being addressed in such a literal *public* policymaking manner that is as inclusive as it is transparent.

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tuttifruttiOct. 18, 13 5:44 AM

More opportunity for unions and liberals to abuse the voting system.

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JPetersen3Oct. 18, 13 6:32 AM

There should now be just one response on voter registration issues to the right wingers like McGrath and the dentesters of comment sections: Prove it, Republican. Prove there were 'busloads' of voters coming from outside the state to influence another state's elections. Prove that 'unions and liberals' are abusing the voting system. Back up your 'proof' with actual physical evidence, not innuendos from hate radio and FOX. Back up your 'proof' with your real names and be ready to appear before county prosecutors and legislative panels to show conclusively that the widespread fraud you claim turns elections towards 'liberals' exists. Study up on the laws regarding 'perjury'. It might come in handy.

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texas_technomanOct. 18, 13 6:40 AM

Could be worse, "the Cooch", AG in Virginia (who is running for governor and behind in the polls" just knocked 60,000 voters out of the voting ranks...if you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em...new right wing motto.

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