Here in Minnesota, an overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted with the state’s lax voting laws. Polls indicate that a large majority support a voter identification requirement. Our legislature–in Republican hands after the 2010 election–passed a voter ID law, but it was vetoed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. So the legislature is now working on a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that in all likelihood will be on the ballot in November. The amendment reads:
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended effective June 30, 2014, to require that all in-person voters present an approved form of government-issued photographic identification at the time of voting; that those not voting in person provide government-issued proof of identity at the time of voting; that all voters be subject to substantially equivalent eligibility verification before a ballot is cast or accepted; and that the state provide at no charge an approved photographic identification for voters?
As you can imagine, liberals are up in arms at the prospect that their voter slush fund–a few extra votes every election, in case they need them–may dry up. So they have launched a campaign of deception against the amendment, fronted by the League of Women Voters–a once-respectable organization that perfectly illustrates O’Sullivan’s Law. As usual, Minnesota Majority, an excellent grass-roots organization headed, as you might expect, by a friend of mine, is on the case. Minnesota Majority has set up a web site called We Want Voter ID, which currently features a video of a League of Women Voters-sponsored meeting in Edina, Minnesota. The League spreads disinformation, but a lot of the citizens present at the meeting are on to them. The video begins with an ACLU lawyer objecting to being videoed. Why, exactly, is the ACLU teaming up with the League on this issue? Because voting whether you are legal or not is a “right,” but having your vote canceled out by an illegal voter isn’t a “right.” Here is the video [The correct one. How, you may ask, did a Monty Python video wind up in a Power Line post? Suffice it to say that it is a long story.]: