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Minnesota Election Officials Treat Voters Like Confused Children
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Walter Hudson

Posted on 11/02/2010 7:58:06 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien

Editor’s note: A group of citizen watchdog groups in Minnesota have implemented a program called Election Integrity Watch. Part of the initiative involves wearing buttons to the polls which say “Please ID Me” and presenting photo identification as a silent protest in advocacy of legislation requiring photo identification to vote. In the final days leading up to the election. A handful of state and county election officials banned the buttons, along with any apparel referencing the Tea Party. The groups co-sponsoring Election Integrity Watch filed a lawsuit challenging the ban. The case was heard Monday. The following is addressed to Minnesota voters.

When you head to the polls today, rest assured that your determination to vote for the candidate of your choice will not be derailed by the “intimidating” presence of a button on someone’s shirt reading “Please ID Me.” You will not be lulled into a deep state of hypnosis, and compelled to vote against your intent, upon gazing at a t-shirt promoting Tea Party Patriots.

There are two reasons for this. One, you are an intelligent self-determining individual able to hold your course despite others’ apparel. Two, on Monday, a U.S. district court judge ruled in favor of restricting such apparel.

U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen said Monday that the items could be viewed as political, and that the polling place is supposed to be a place of “peace, order and decorum.” If anything, she said, the buttons are designed to affect the actual voting process — by suggesting voters are required to show ID.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010election; 2010midterms; bloggersandpersonal; elections

1 posted on 11/02/2010 7:58:08 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien
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To: Michael van der Galien

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4JYzC04V0I&feature=related
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVdcvG53GSQ&feature=related
Part 3- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vmmevkHb9s&feature=related
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m53qJjRQLw&feature=related


2 posted on 11/02/2010 7:58:49 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Michael van der Galien
Who would be intimidated — other than someone perpetrating vote fraud?

Or — as another brighter FReeper said: “Who knew that fair elections are a partisan issue?”

3 posted on 11/02/2010 8:01:52 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Michael van der Galien

This is great!

I’ve been thanking everyone who asks me to see identification, whether at the bank or at a retailer, when using a credit card or for any reason, for the last couple years.

I just say “thanks for checking my ID” and show it.

It’s been my little one-man “conciousncess raising effort.” I say it loud enough so people who around can hear me.

I love the idea of a pin!


4 posted on 11/02/2010 8:02:05 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Michael van der Galien
What if you have a conservative haircut? Wearing wingtip oxfords? Have a beautiful, modest, submissive wife and well-bahaved children with you?

Will they ban you for "wearing" this?

5 posted on 11/02/2010 8:02:18 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Michael van der Galien

When we vote in California, we always get out our drivers licenses and give them to the sweet little ladies manning the polls. They always say, “Oh, you don’t need to show ID to vote” and we always say, “That’s OK, I think we SHOULD have to show ID to vote”.


6 posted on 11/02/2010 8:02:41 AM PDT by Bush_Democrat ((Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*))
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To: Michael van der Galien
I favor the ban on message shirts, etc., of any kind in the polling place. But "please ID me" seems pretty neutral to me. Are they admitting that fraud is of greater concern to some than to others? Here in Tennessee, they require picture ID (driver's license) only if you don't have your voter registration card. You do have to sign your name while the poll worker looks to see if it matches the signature on your voter ID card.

7 posted on 11/02/2010 8:02:50 AM PDT by Genoa (Put the kettle on!)
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To: Michael van der Galien

Yet, In Alaska, voters will be allowed to wear wristbands which have Lisa Murkowski’s name on them so they can properly spell her name on the write in ballot.

Seems to me, that is also electioneering inside the polling places.


8 posted on 11/02/2010 8:08:23 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: fwdude

Submissive wife? (eye-roll)


9 posted on 11/02/2010 8:09:19 AM PDT by Explorer89 (Could you direct me to the Coachella Valley, and the carrot festival, therein?)
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To: BenLurkin

“Who would be intimidated — other than someone perpetrating vote fraud?”

If they are committing a felony, (vote fraud), I honestly don’t think they will be intimidated by a button.

Which is one reason I’ll never be a lawyer. I would get in deep kimchee when I treated a judge like an idiot.

Act like one, & I’ll treat you like one.


10 posted on 11/02/2010 8:10:19 AM PDT by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling "Allah Snackbar")
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To: Explorer89

Leftist libtard (eye-roll)


11 posted on 11/02/2010 8:14:24 AM PDT by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: Michael van der Galien
I have an odd last name. When the election worker asked for my name, I handed her my drivers license.

Worked just fine...

12 posted on 11/02/2010 8:16:26 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: rickb308

Trust me, lawyers get in their insults. One of the ones most commonly used is “Your Honor, with all due respect.”


13 posted on 11/02/2010 8:20:07 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Genoa

the picture on page 4a of the MN Pioneer Press today clearly shows a voter at the polls holding DFL (democrap) campaign literature...but that’s OK I guess.(and not deemed ‘political’.)


14 posted on 11/02/2010 8:20:17 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Genoa

The left is all up in arms about billboards saying “Don’t vote illegally”.

No really, they were.


15 posted on 11/02/2010 8:21:32 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: ridesthemiles

Really? Is that true? The audacity of the people is stunning.


16 posted on 11/02/2010 8:21:47 AM PDT by Josephat
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To: Josephat

Oops. Above should be “the audacity of these people”.


17 posted on 11/02/2010 8:25:50 AM PDT by Josephat
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To: Michael van der Galien

You can be passive aggressive at the polls today, in my opinion, and walk a very grey line that the voter captains might be intimidated and/or unsure of themselves to cross by addressing you, i.e. whilst standing in those long lines outside your polling place. Just stand there with a BIG GRIN on your face, while holding a styrofoam cup, with a Lipton's Tea tag clearly hanging on the outside. Don't say anything, just take it all in. Others will, too.

Enjoy that wait and sip that TEA, for all to SEE, from SEA to shining SEA.


18 posted on 11/02/2010 9:56:28 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (UNEMPLOYED OR CAN TAKE OFF WORK?: **WORK NONSTOP FOR REVOLUTION FOR 24 HOURS*(Win! Then Sleep!))
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To: Dead Corpse
I can see why she would sceptical about the name "Corpse."

≤}B^)

19 posted on 11/02/2010 11:10:50 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Erasmus
*N'yuck*...

At least this one never automatically ends up on the Democrat voter rolls.

20 posted on 11/02/2010 12:09:29 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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