Wenesday morning, I wrote a Write Now response to a St. Cloud Times LTE. The Times’ LTE, titled “Voter fraud is party propaganda” made a couple allegations that had to be addressed. Here’s one statement that I addressed:

Folks, this is not about voter integrity. It is about modern-era voter suppression, and I am not talking about convicted felons.

Here’s my response to that paragraph:

The allegation that “this is not about voter integrity” … that it’s “about modern-era voter suppression” shouldn’t be taken seriously. The commentary hits every DFL talking point and is DFL spin. It shouldn’t be mistaken for a serious policy discussion.

Here’s the other statement that I dealt with:

To be more blunt, Voter ID, for many, would be a modern era “Poll Tax” designed to suppress their unwanted votes.

I wrote in my Write Now response that the SCOTUS settled that issue in April, 2008, saying that Indiana’s Photo ID didn’t represent a poll tax. Two things are noteworthy in the aftermath: 1)oter turnout increased and 2) the ruling was by a 6-3 margin, with John Paul Stevens joining, John Robert, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito.

Buried in those misstatements is a myth that needs debunking, the myth that showing a photo ID imposes an unfair difficulty on people.

How many times in a month does the average person show some form of identification with their picture on it? I think it’s safe to say that it’s 50 times a month. How can something that a person does twice a day impose a difficulty on people?

The difficulty it imposes in voting is it imposes a difficulty for people wanting to commit voter fraud. That’s a difficulty I’m perfectly willing to mandate.

While Photo ID won’t clean up everything that went wrong with the 2008 election, it certainly will change things fairly dramatically. One thing that needs changing is cleaning up the SVRS rolls so that there aren’t any felons or dead people registered to vote.

The DFL’s insistence on preventing Photo ID brings something else into question: whether the DFL prefers preventing problems or whether they’d prefer cleaning things up afterwards.

At this point, I haven’t seen proof that the DFL is the least bit worried with election integrity.

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2 Responses to “Photo ID Myths”

  • J. Ewing says:

    If you take all of the apparent and possible avenues of voter fraud together, you come up with something like 200,000 illegal votes being cast. Does that sound like “integrity” to anybody?

  • walter hanson says:


    Lets not forget just getting on the list works. I recently didn’t realize that I had dropped my wallet outside my house. People were able to swipe the cards apparently without challenge even on the charges where they should’ve signed and been asked for ID and in therefore have it be caught it wasn’t me.

    So once you get on that list like those felons who didn’t belong their ability to vote increases dramatically.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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