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Minnesota Poll: Big show of support for voter photo ID
Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 5/11/11 | Eric Roper

Posted on 05/12/2011 11:44:55 AM PDT by rhema

Legislation requiring voters to present photo ID at the polls has ignited a partisan battle at the Capitol this spring, but an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans support the idea, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

Eighty percent of respondents said they favor a photo ID requirement, which Republican majorities at the Legislature have made one of their signature goals of the session. Democrats have almost universally opposed it, arguing that it will prevent members of some groups from voting.

That party split was reflected in the poll: A whopping 94 percent of Republicans supported photo ID, compared to 64 percent of Democrats.

Both houses of the Legislature have already passed photo ID legislation, which would also eliminate the current practice of residents vouching for Election Day registrants and create an entirely new system of provisional balloting.

"That way you can prove who the voter is -- that it's actually that person," said Ron Bogstad of Hatfield, Minn., expressing a view apparently held by many Minnesotans. "And it would stop illegal immigrants and unauthorized people that aren't eligible to vote from voting."

Only nine states require photo identification to vote.

Anticipating a veto from Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants any change in election law to have broad bipartisan support, Republicans are moving forward with legislation that would bypass him and put photo ID on the ballot in 2012 as a constitutional amendment.

"I would say [80 percent] is probably as close to certainty as you may hope to get in regards to the passage of a constitutional amendment," said Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who has led the effort for photo ID.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: acorn; bipartisan; dayton; franken; fraud; id; mn; voter; voterid; voting

1 posted on 05/12/2011 11:44:59 AM PDT by rhema
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To: MplsSteve
Anticipating a veto from Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants any change in election law to have broad bipartisan support, Republicans are moving forward with legislation that would bypass him and put photo ID on the ballot in 2012 as a constitutional amendment.

"I would say [80 percent] is probably as close to certainty as you may hope to get in regards to the passage of a constitutional amendment," said Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, who has led the effort for photo ID.

2 posted on 05/12/2011 11:46:04 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

The “group” house of cards the dems built is coming down!


3 posted on 05/12/2011 11:49:13 AM PDT by devistate one four (United states code 10.311 Militia Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: rhema

>> arguing that it will prevent members of some groups from voting

Let’s see if we can *name* these “members of some groups” that those howwible wepubwicans are disenfranchising, shall we?

*** The dead
*** Those in the country illegally
*** Convicted felons
*** Those who have already voted once
*** Out of state ‘rats bused in from illinois

Did I miss any?


4 posted on 05/12/2011 11:50:34 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: rhema
Democrats have almost universally opposed it, arguing that it will prevent members of some groups from voting

Yes, groups like illegal aliens, convicted felons, and people who illegally vote multiple times.

5 posted on 05/12/2011 11:52:27 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: rhema

Such legislation should be occurring in every single state where there are a majority of republicans in the legislatures as well as holding the governor’s office.


6 posted on 05/12/2011 11:52:27 AM PDT by scorchedearther
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To: rhema

The remaining 20% are leftards in MPLS and St.Paul- the metrocrat ‘sanctuary cities’.


7 posted on 05/12/2011 11:52:53 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: Nervous Tick

You missed one group.

Muslimahs in burkas. They’re victims of bigotry, you know.


8 posted on 05/12/2011 11:53:34 AM PDT by elcid1970 (Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam.)
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To: rhema

Enter liberal judge in 3....2....1


9 posted on 05/12/2011 11:54:30 AM PDT by The Toll
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To: rhema

FWIW, voters in Canada must either:
1. Show one photo ID (issued by a government agency — can be a student ID);
2. Show two pieces of authorized (non-photo) ID, with the voter’s name and address; or
3. Take an oath, and have an elector from the same polling division (properly ID’d) vouch for you. This person can only vouch for one person.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 11:57:49 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Anyone complaining about this law needs to be asked if they’re going to volunteer to help get all those people who don’t have ID to get one.

The ID’s are free, per the law.


11 posted on 05/12/2011 11:59:15 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

most student IDs I’ve seen don’t have an address on it .

In MN, # 3 was popular in certain democrat precints by college kids who would ‘vouch’ for numerous of their alleged neighbors. (no limit on number)

“Vouching” was most of the most agregious forms of voting BS in MN.


12 posted on 05/12/2011 12:03:27 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: MrB

Dems won’t be happy until the lazy are paid to vote and driven to the polls.


13 posted on 05/12/2011 12:04:56 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: rhema
If someone participates so little in our domestic commerce that they don't need a photo ID, they have no business making decisions about how the show is run.
14 posted on 05/12/2011 12:14:34 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Good point about the address on the student ID.

Vouching for more than one person certainly seems to be open to abuse. Also, IMHO, there has to be real consequences for lying. Say a person vouches for another person — and, later on someone else with the same name and address shows up to vote. If that new person can positively ID himself; then person who did the first vouching should be charged with voter fraud, and lying under oath. If the fraudulent voucher IDs the fraudulent voter, that could help reduce his sentence.

15 posted on 05/12/2011 12:28:21 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: rhema

There is NO VALID REASON to be against voter ID.

The only ones who are against it are always democraps... why?

You have to show your ID for practically everything else.


16 posted on 05/12/2011 12:30:41 PM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: Mr. K

You’re being to kind. They are engaged in criminal activity and they are fully aware of it. They know perfectly well that they are working to destroy fair democratic elections within our republic. They are traitors and they are not even willing to make excuses for it.


17 posted on 05/12/2011 12:34:51 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

it should be a minimum of a gross misdeameanor for one and a felony if mutiple counts involved.


18 posted on 05/12/2011 12:34:55 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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19 posted on 05/12/2011 7:19:33 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: rhema

Even here in CT you must show ID to vote, though photo ID is not required.


20 posted on 05/12/2011 7:25:48 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: rhema

If this passes, Al Franken couldn’t even be elected dog catcher.


21 posted on 05/13/2011 5:34:58 AM PDT by radioone (Ya' just can't make up Liberal Idiocy)
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