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Tuesday
Apr102012

Democrats push anti-voter ID agenda in Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton (D) symbolically vetoed an amendment that will be on the Minnesota ballot in November. Dayton, like other Democrats, is pushing an anti-voter ID agenda. (Official photo, state of Minn.)In a sane world, preventing vote fraud would make sense to any person regardless of intellect.

Democrats, however, categorically oppose attempts to deal with potential vote fraud.

Gov. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) added theatrics to his anti-voter ID policy on Monday.

Dayton symbolically vetoed a voter ID amendment that will be placed on the November ballot. His veto was meaningless—the public already knew his position.

The StarTribune said polls reflect “widespread support” for “proof of identification to vote.”

Dayton, by the way, is the same Democrat governor who mandated a union election for some daycare providers in private homes. Dayton’s diktat was negated by the courts.

Democrats’ aren’t just anti-voter ID in Minneapolis—they’re fighting various regulations in other states and on the federal level.

Are Dems concerned that ineligible voters won’t be able to cast a ballot?

That’s a legitimate question, if you consider testimony from an attorney who has dealt with voting regulations on the federal level.

In testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2010, Christopher Coates, an attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Justice testified about the federal government’s refusal to prosecute infractions against civil rights laws in a race neutral manner. Put bluntly, this meant the government wasn’t going to work very hard to protect the rights of white voters but rather to apply the law narrowly to people of color/minorities.

That’s not what the law says to do. That’s the level bureaucrats have prostituted the law to because of personal agenda politics.

There was another piece of Coates’ testimony that seemed a bit strange, though. Coates talked about the DOJ’s negligence in making sure states comply with Section 8 list maintenance—the removal of ineligible voters from the official lists. At the time Coates testified, he said some states “reported no voters had been removed from any of their voters’ lists in the last two years.” As the U.S. midterm elections of 2010 approached, Coates said there were 8 U.S. states “appearing to be in major noncompliance with the list maintenance requirements of Section 8.”

Coates also noted:

“A number of the jurisdictions that have bloated voter registration lists are where there are sizable minority populations and are Democratic strongholds.”

Then Coates told the commission that in one county where a Democrat party leader had been charged by the Bush administration for not following the law, the number of registered voters totaled 130 percent of the number of people in the county who were 18 or more years old.

“Bloated voter registration lists increase the risk of voter fraud,” Coates concluded.

Coates testified before the commission although his superiors at DOJ attempted to stop him from doing so.

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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 20, 2012)

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