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Friday, January 27, 2006

A solution in search of a problem

Republicans never pass up a chance to reduce voter turnout. That's how most Republicans think, it seems: they want to make it as inconvenient as possible for people to vote, especially anybody who does not live in the suburbs with a three-car garage and 2.3 kids. That's why they repeatedly call for photo ID requirements for voting.

It doesn't matter that there is no evidence that there is voter fraud in Minnesota elections. It doesn't matter that the homeless, the elderly, students, or mobile people may not have the right credentials to vote. Wait a minute; that last stuff does matter, because that's who Republicans want to keep from voting.

Do either of the Republican sponsors of this legislation have any proof that there is fraud? No. Go on, ask them. See what they say.

Look, if you are worried about people voting more that once, why don't we implement a pretty low-tech, unobtrusive, and simple solution that the rest of the world seems to know: indelible ink on fingers. Pretty simple, and it doesn't take away anybody's right to vote. Sure, some people will complain about voting twice by absentee ballot, or voting in the wrong place, but the former will not be stopped by a photo ID requirement and the latter isn't really a huge problem, in my opinion.

Like I've said before, one good thing about Democrats is that they want to see as many people as possible vote, unlike Republicans. I hand out voter registration cards regardless of partisan affiliation. I would drive a Republican to the polls as soon as a Democrat. Isn't that what this country is supposed to be about?


At 8:15 PM, January 27, 2006, Anonymous Mary Kiffmeyer said...

What are you talking about? Are you saying my country club is allowed to let in only the "right" people, but but polling stations have to let in anybody?? What kind of system is that?

At 8:35 PM, January 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm, do you ever do actual research? DFL voter fraud is rampant across this country. Here's just one example of how the DFL wants to keep people from voting.

Kerry Workers' Tire-Slashing Trial Begins

Fourteen months after John Kerry narrowly carried Wisconsin in the 2004 presidential election amidst allegations of voter fraud, five campaign workers for the Kerry-Edwards campaign team are set for trial Tuesday in Milwaukee on felony charges of damage to property.

The "Milwaukee Five" is charged with slashing 40 tires on 25 separate Republican vehicles on the morning of the 2004 presidential election. The vehicles were rented by the Wisconsin Republican Party to transport less-mobile voters to the polls on Election Day. In total, the vandals disabled 25 percent of the Republican Party's "Get Out the Vote" fleet.

The defendants include Sowande Ajumoke Omokunde, the son of Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) who also goes by the name Supreme Solar Allah; Michael Pratt, the son of former Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt and leader of Kerry's campaign team in Milwaukee; Lewis Caldwell; Lavelle Mohammed, and Justin Howell.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, four of the defendants were paid operatives of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, including Omokunde and Pratt.

Court TV will cover the trial, which is expected to last two weeks. Potential witnesses include Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), national AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, and 77 others - including FBI agents, Milwaukee police officers, and party activists from both parties.

The five defendants, who will be tried together, are charged with criminal damage to property, a felony with maximum sentences of 3 1/2 years in prison or $10,000 in fines.

The criminal complaint states that Opel Simmons, a Democratic campaign worker from Virginia, identified the defendants as the perpetrators, and told police they had named their plan "Operation Elephant Takeover."

Simmons told Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney David Feiss that he saw the defendants dressed in "Mission Impossible type gear" at Democratic Party headquarters sometime around 3 a.m. on the morning of the election.

When Simmons asked the five what they were planning, defendant Lavelle Mohammed allegedly responded, "You don't want to know, don't ask.?

The defendants returned to Democratic headquarters approximately 20 minutes later. Simmons told investigators they were jubilant and shared details of their vandalism spree with him. "We got 'em," said Pratt. "We hit the tires."

The tire-slashing incident is just one of a number of election-day irregularities in Wisconsin, a state where Kerry only prevailed by 11,384 votes.

Questions have been raised about the inordinately large volume of Election Day registrations in Milwaukee, where 84,000 people in a city of 600,000 registered at the polls on the day of the election. The total represented 30 percent of all voters in the city.

Milwaukee city officials admitted in January 2005 that around 10,000 same-day registrations could not be verified, leaving open the possibility of fraud.

An investigation by the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel reported another 1,200 Milwaukeeans voted using invalid addresses. Another article revealed in late January 2005 that there were 7,000 more votes than voters in Milwaukee, suggesting ballot-stuffing in the Democrat-controlled city.

At 5:34 PM, January 31, 2006, Blogger MN Politics Guru said...

I'm pleased that you can tell the difference between "Minnesota" and "Wisconsin".


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