The DFL’s phalanx of special interest allies have announced that they’ll be filing a lawsuit to keep a Photo ID constitutional amendment question off this fall’s ballot. When it comes to those lawsuits attempting to keep Photo ID off this fall’s ballot, I’d pay money to watch Common Cause MN attempt to prove voter disenfranchisement:
Dean said his group may also consider a complaint of voter disenfranchisement.
Good luck with that, Mr. Dean. There’s no arguing that requiring a state-issued Photo ID will take extra effort on voters’ behalf. That said, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a) getting Photo ID isn’t unduly burdensome and b) the states have a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud.
That’s a polite way of saying a) voter fraud is real and b) states have a substantive, legitimate right to take reasonable steps to prevent voter fraud.
The best thing Common Cause MN could decide is to not pursue this. When Common Cause MN and the LWV-MN lose this lawsuit, which they will, they’ll be exposed as political hacks for the DFL. Their reputation, what little is left of it, won’t be worth much.
First, Common Cause MN and the LWV-MN can’t prove that it’s impossible to obtain Photo ID. That’s the first benchmark Common Cause MN and the LWV-MN must meet. If it’s proven that the 715,000 people they’re constantly citing, they will have lost the battle and the war.
The minute that obtaining a state-issued photo ID is deemed possible, it becomes a finding of fact. The minute that finding of fact happens, Common Cause MN’s and the LWV-MN’s reputations will be ruined.
If Photo ID becomes part of Minnesota’s Constitution, voters will have sent the message that the DFL isn’t listening to the will of the people. The DFL will have sent the message that they’ll ignore the will of the people despite verifiable proof that there is a voter fraud problem. Also, the DFL special interests will have said that they don’t take voter fraud seriously.
That’s a terrible message to send in a world riddled with ACORN-caused voter registration fraud. Simply put, it’s a message that says the DFL won’t listen to the will of the people on one of the biggest issues of our time.
I’d wish the DFL good luck defending that on the campaign trail this fall. I’d wish that if I didn’t want them to lose, that is.