Proving yet again that he’s out of step with Minnesotans on an important issue, Gov. Dayton staged a mock veto of the Photo ID constitutional amendment that the Minnesota legislature just passed:

In a symbolic gesture, Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, April 9, vetoed the photo ID bill that the Republican-contolled Legislature sent to him last week.

But the issue will be on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot anyway.

“Although I do not have the power to prevent this unwise and unnecessary constitutional amendment from appearing on the Minnesota ballot in November, the Legislature has sent it to me in the form of a bill,” the DFL governor wrote in a letter to lawmakers. “Thus I am exercising my legal responsibility to either sign or veto the amendment.”

Gov. Dayton, like the vast majority of DFL legislators, opposes legislation that 76% of voters approve of. A mere 18% of Minnesotans oppose Photo ID.

If the DFL is willing to ignore their constituents on this important matter, then they need to be fired this November. Gov. Dayton’s statement that Photo ID is an “unwise and unnecessary constitutional amendment” is pure BS. It’s also poorly timed, considering the fact that this video popped up this morning:

Gov. Dayton apparently is arguing that a total nobody walking into a DC polling station and getting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot doesn’t mean we need Photo ID. There’s tons of proof that the potential for voter fraud exists.

Just because Gov. Dayton dishonestly insists voter fraud doesn’t exist doesn’t verify his statement as truthful.

The video also shows how easy it is to commit voter fraud in Minnesota, the state Gov. Dayton says has the “best-in-the-nation election system.” With all due respect to Gov. Dayton, the DFL and their corrupt allies, Minnesota’s election system isn’t all that great.

Here’s the list of verifiable proof of voter fraud or potential voter fraud:

Same day registrants claim small town laundromat as their address
Tens of thousands of PVCs returned as undeliverable
Felons convicted of voter fraud

Despite this information, Gov. Dayton and SecState Ritchie and the rest of the DFL insist that voter fraud doesn’t exist. They also insist that the potential for voter fraud doesn’t exist either.

That’s BS. So is this:

The governor faults Republicans for not working on election reform in a bipartisan way, saying he was never contacted by the GOP to collaborate on a solution.

The only solution to eliminating voter fraud includes Photo ID. If someone says that “election reform” is possible without Photo ID, they’re either lying, stupid or both.

When a white man can walk into a well-known black man’s DC polling station and get a ballot, it’s understatement to say the opportunity for corruption exists.

If Gov. Dayton wants to deny that, let him argue with the video. Good luck with that, Gov. Dayton.

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11 Responses to “Dayton mocks Minnesotans by ‘vetoing’ constitutional amendment”

  • eric z says:

    Gary – he is mocking the Republicans who are holding an amendment-a-thon, because they disrespect the office of the governor. And, is there a bunch more deserving of mockery? I know of none. Dayton is is calling out the disingenuousness of what the Republicans are gleefully up to, just as Obama called out the activist Luddite justices, in anticipation of yet another politically motivated bad decision. Strib has an interesting online item about how your guys cannot handle it when liberals stop acting like wimps. Had enough. That’s what Dayton said. That’s what Obama said. And the people will vote.

  • Patrick says:

    Democrats only believe in bipartisanship if they get their way. Instead of Governor Walker facing recall for doing his job according to the state constitution Governor Mark “shut ’em down” Dayton should be recalled for mocking and making light of duly elected state legislature for doing their jobs.

    Eric if you are claiming that Dayton did good and are praising Barack Hussein Obama for his childish rants against separation of powers then I think there are seats available for you on the next plane to Russia. Because you sure don’t understand what freedom is all about. Voter ID is needed to maintain that freedom.

  • Jethro says:

    Eric, speaking of mockery, I am still laughing about Gov. Dayton trying to skirt the legislative process in an attempt to unionize child care providers. And you think the DFL agrees with a vast majority of voters that voter ID is a good idea?

  • Rex Newman says:

    Someone on Twitter said GOP should hold a symbolic impeachment of Gov. Dayton. Even some libs have to be bracing for the blowback should Dayton veto the “teacher seniority” bill.

    FYI, Rep. Pat Garafolo on Late Debate said he thinks Dayton will grumble but sign it, pointing to his pointless veto of school shift repayment to say he’s still on Education Minnesota’s team.

  • Gary Gross says:

    That’s interesting information. Thanks Rex.

  • markmwhite says:

    what was Dayton’s reaction to The Legacy Amendment? (yes i know he was not Governor then) does he believe that that was a responsible use of the amendment process? or an irresponsible abdication of budgetting duties by the legislature?

    also wonder if eric z thinks the Legacy Amendment was a mockery of the then sitting governor?

  • Gary Gross says:

    Mark, Thanks for those illustrative rheotical questions.

    Can you say “double standard”?

  • walter hanson says:


    I don’t call I believe it’s 3 amendments as an amendment thon. furthermore lets see creating the state definition for marriage so the state Supreme can’t take that away, an amendment to put in proper safe guards on voting because the democrats and current state leadership don’t care, and an amendment giving the whole state a chance to vote (unlike Wisconsin when it was just their legislators) on what worker’s rights are. Doesn’t seem wrong.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • eric z says:

    Walter and all – will the GOP actually push the right-to-work [for less] thing, or back down? It looks as if polling’s been done, and there’s little taste for that fight in the GOP legislative majorities. Walker and Kasich probably enjoyed poking a stick into that hornets’ nest but can they run away fast enough to not end up stung all over?

  • walter hanson says:


    Actually in Wisconsin the reforms have been great for everybody. One thing it did is it allowed school districts to change the health care plan the teachers operated and made a large profit on to a cheaper and same coverage plan. School districts, which were afraid of doing layoffs, were surprised they didn’t have to lay off teachers when the pension changes and the health plan changes alone stopped layoffs.

    In Ohio, where unions claim they care about people, their workers are being laid off because the unions lied to the public and said it will be bad for public workers.

    Oh so the unions can automatically dictate pay increases and health care benefits with no consequence at all. That’s a silly position Eric.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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