Minnesota Majority’s voter disenfranchisement plan

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/17/votercomplaints/
I like Minnesota’s attitude and laws that allow same day registration and encourage voter participation and turnout. Our state has one of the highest participation rates in the nation and with good reason. Is it perfect? No. Errors can and do occur.
So, then comes this from “Minnesota Majority”:
Spokesman Jeff Davis claims that same-day registration leads to errors, such as voters casting ballots in the wrong precinct. Davis says no one should be allowed to vote until their legal eligibility has been verified.
“We believe our current election system is making a mockery of eligible voters who try to follow the letter and sprit of the law. In doing so, the system is disenfranchising legitimate voters,” Davis said.

I don’t follow his logic. And I will not speak evil and say that the intent of this group and is to disenfranchise voters and discourage turnout, but rolling back Minnesota’s progressive policies in this regard to require a photo ID and to end same-day registration certainly will do that.

2 thoughts on “Minnesota Majority’s voter disenfranchisement plan”

  1. Not requiring ID, while allowing dead individuals to remain on improperly maintained voter rolls, allowing duplicate registrations from former addresses to persist on the voter rolls and allowing a person to vouch for up to 15 people in same-day registration doesn’t merely invite fraud (and therefore the nullification of legitimate votes), it encourages it.
    It’s like leaving your bike out overnight, unchained. You can’t say for sure that it will be stolen, but you’ll probably use a lock.

  2. It is very interesting to say the least to read the report on voter disenfranchisement in Minnesota written by U of M researcher Christopher Uggen. Minnesota currently denies the vote to nearly one in four African American males. Those who have been disenfranchised for what the founding fathers would have called high crimes and misdemeanors is a scant zero point one seven (0.17) %, or around two out of every thousand convicted felons. The rest are denied the vote as a result largely of plea bargains which the disenfranchised persons weren’t told would affect their voting rights and accepted to avoid the possibility of prison, due to the overwhelming odds of conviction in this state where the presumption of innocence has long-since disappeared. Ask yourself when the last time was that you initially concluded, on hearing of a suspect’s arrest, that he or she didn’t do it. Most of the founding fathers would be disenfranchised in Minnesota today, mostly for smuggling, alcohol and firearms offenses. And the East India Company would still be passing the buck on taxes on to them (think top 2% of earners in Minnesota in place of the East India Company) and blaming it on the founding fathers’ failure to pay their share. Disenfranchisement as a means to pass legislation is a sure sign of corruption.

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