Between 70% and 80% of Minnesota voters favor the Voter ID proposal.
Some of us favor it because it’s the first step in a series of election reforms that will help us ensure that our election system in fact has integrity; there are increasingly strong suspicions that the election system in Minnesota, with its reports of fraudulent election-day un-identified vouched registrations (among other abuses), lacks that integrity.
Others have the common sense to know that 32 states currently require some degree of voter ID, and elections work just fine; the elderly and students register and vote, just like adults (significantly, most of the non-ID states are Democrat, including states renowned for dirty elections, like Illinois, New York, New Jersey and California)
But for whatever reason, Minnesota voters overwhelmingly favor the measure. Even in the most “conservative” poll on the subject, the Survey USA poll which showed a 71-23 margin of support overall, the measure even wins among declared liberals, 35-32.
So the anti-ID crowd is getting desperate.
And to paraphrase Gandhi, when you’re fighting the DFL machine on a subject like this, first they ignore you.
Then they mock you.
The site was sponsored – apparently – by “Take Action Minnesota”, an astroturf group thats is basically what all of the various non-profit Wellstone cults became over the last decade or so.
And – oboy. A black guy in a striped suit. Not good. Tone deaf. Politically-incorrect.
And, in the special little world of the liberal astroturf group, I suppose it, all by itself, invalidates the entire move to bring integrity back to our voting system.
BAD MN Majority.
MN Majority came out with another – which also aroused TakeAction’s drearily predictable ire:
Lest you think all TakeActionMN does is do screenshots, there was some writing and stuff too:
This image is on a Minnesota Majority website. It is trying to scare us into changing our state constitution to require a photo ID to vote. Photo ID would restrict voting rights for over half a million Minnesotans – especially people of color. Photo ID is voter suppression. And it stops here.
I’m always puzzled by the notion that requiring an ID to vote – like we require them for lesser “rights” like cashing a check, using a credit card, setting up a bank account, getting a Social Security Card, getting a copy of your birth certificate, buying Sudafed, getting into a bar, buying a firearm or ammunition, buying a car, taking out a loan, dropping your kids off and picking them up at drop-in daycare, buy alcohol or cigarettes, apply for welfare, food stamps or any sort of medical assistance, rent an apartment, get admitted to a hospital, or get a marriage license – “disenfranchises” anyone, much less ten percent of all Minnesotans, as “Take Action MN” claims. Or, for that matter, that VoterID infringes, in and of itself, on the right to vote. It doesn’t; it merely means you need an ID to do it.
Indeed, once you get past cartoon pratfalls, it’s TakeAction that makes the genuinely racist claim - the ludicrous and frankly offensive notion that ten percent of Minneostans – apparently, all minorities, students and the elderly, although nobody has any idea where they got that number, and next month it could very well be “eleventy-teen percent” and nobody will say “boo”. But to me, their claims sound a lot like “minorities and people of color are too dumb to keep track of their paperwork and ID cards”.
I’m sure that’s not what they meant.
At any rate – we know how Gandhi’s bromide ends; “Then you win”.
TakeAction and the rest of the Minnesota astroturf cult are getting increasingly desperate on this issue, as well as the other big wedge issue likely headed for the ballot this fall, an amendment to make Minnesota a Right to Work state. Without fraudulent votes and endless union money, the DFL’s position in Minnesota will get a lot weaker.
And that’s a big win for everyone, no matter what your race, ethnicity, or relentless political correctness.