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    In Minnesota there is a measure on the ballot that would amend the state constitution to require photo ID in order to vote. The whole thing stinks from start to finish. For beginners, it’s on the ballot because the GOP-dominated legislature knew they couldn’t pass it as legislation. Our Democratic governor previously vetoed it but state law prohibits the governor from vetoing ballot measures.

    Needless to say, the vote that got this measure on the ballot was highly partisan. Meanwhile, according to polling ¼ of the measure’s support comes from self-identified Democrats. Why? I have no idea. As a Democrat one would hope that if all of the elected officials of your party opposed something you would ask yourself why that is – even if it seems like ‘common sense.’

    In reality the effects are clear. Traditionally Democratic constituencies:  the poor, the elderly, students, are less likely to have valid, officially-recognized ID. Ergo, voter ID requirements are going to disproportionately disenfranchise otherwise eligible Democratic voters. You try to explain this to people and get nowhere.

    What is most infuriating is when people concede the point that more eligible voters will be disenfranchised than frauds prevented…but then dismiss it because they think the number of people affected will be negligible. Al Franken won his Senate race by 312 votes. Mark Dayton won the governor’s office in 2010 by only about 8,700 votes – less than one half of one percent of votes cast. If the GOP can put their thumb on the scale to the tune of 0.5% it’s actually a huge advantage for them

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

    by Joe Bob on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:45:23 PM PST

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