The DFL and their allies are upset with the GOP’s photo ID bill. Ryan Winkler’s overreaction is a perfect example of the DFL’s hatred of Rep. Kiffmeyer’s and Sen. Limmer’s bills:

“Spending $40 million for free photo IDs, expensive electronic roster machines, and creating new levels of bureaucracy to combat this voter fraud myth is just silly,” said Rep. Winkler. “It’s like building a multi-million dollar water barrier to stop the Loch Ness Monster from coming up the Mississippi.”

I’ll just refer Rep. Winkler to the attempted voter fraud of 2004 as reported by Powerlineblog’s Scott Johnson:

In Minnesota the Bush campaign has come into the possession of the following email from ACT to its Minnesota volunteers:

Election Day is upon us. You are confirmed to volunteer with ACT (America Coming Together – on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 2.

We will be creating name badges that include your Ward and Precinct information for each of the thousands of volunteers that day to make it easier to find a volunteer to vouch for a voter at the polls.

I am emailing you to request your street address, city and zipcode. We’ve already got your other contact information, but your record in our database does not include this information.

You can save us time on election day by replying today to this email with this information, or give us a call at [phone number with St. Paul area code].

In order to get your badge correct, please reply by Thursday.

Thank you for your help and cooperation. See you on Election Day.

This attempted voter fraud was thwarted but the attempt was VERY REAL. Why would an organization print up “name badges that include your Ward and Precinct information” to people who live in where they say they live? Why would this organization need “to make it easier to find a volunteer to vouch for a voter”? Shouldn’t a real life neighbor be able to vouch for that person?

Rep. Winkler saying that voter fraud is a myth is either spin or he’s extremely ill-informed.

Furthermore, Rep. Simon points to the fact that while the bill could cost the state and counties millions of dollars, there is no appropriation line in the bill. Facing a multi-billion dollar deficit, Simon says the legislation is a vivid demonstration of misplaced priorities.

“We have a $6.2 billion deficit, and this bill adds millions in untold spending, not to mention dozens of pages of government regulation and bureaucracy,” Simon said. “The bill even prescribes when recount officials can go to the bathroom. It forces election judges to act like bouncers, screening IDs and kicking people out who they think don’t belong.

“It’s time to put our focus back on the budget; we can’t afford the time and money this bill will waste.”

Rep. Winkler agrees, calling Kiffmeyer’s bill nothing more than a partisan attempt to prevent voters they think will help get Democrats elected.

“The only voter fraud here is that Republican activists claim to care about the integrity of Minnesota elections,” Winkler said.

I don’t know where to start with these allegations. I guess I’ll first attack Rep. Simon’s statement that “we can’t afford the time and money this bill will waste.” Rep. Simon obviously has a short memory. In 2007, over one-third of the House committees didn’t meet until mid-February. In 2009, the first month was spent on policy bills. (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) That’s after DFL chairmen held hundreds of meetings and hearings in the summer of 2008.

If any legislative session should’ve started off quick, it should’ve been 2009. Instead, then-Speaker Kelliher whined when questioned why the DFL hadn’t put a budget together in mid-February, 2009:

It happened again Thursday. The Minnesota House was meeting in full session, running through some routine business, when Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, rose, cleared his throat and said to DFLers, “We’ve been here a month; why are we still waiting for your budget proposal?”

There were some head shakes, but no response. The House got back to the business at hand.

Emmer’s question has become the mantra of state Republicans. In every public forum, at least one or two Republican legislators raise the question: If DFL legislators don’t like Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s proposed budget, why don’t they come up with one of their own?

“It’s strategic,” said House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-Minneapolis, of the Republican cry. “It’s designed to freak people out on our side, and it takes attention off the governor’s budget.”

It’s obvious that this GOP legislature has already done more budget work than the DFL did by early Feb., 2009. For Rep. Simon to say that this bill represents a misplaced priority and a waste of time is intellectually dishonest, especially considering the terrible misuse of time the DFL had in 2007 and 2009.

Next, I’ll tackle Rep. Winkler’s statement that the purpose of this bill is to disenfranchise votes who aren’t likely to vote Republican. Rep. Winkler should be reprimanded for making that unsubstantiated statement. It’s apparent that he can’t prove his accusation. If he could, he would’ve shared it at this press conference.

As a conservative activist, I’m disgusted with Rep. Winkler’s meanspirited accusation. Saying that I don’t care about election integrity goes well beyond acceptable behavior for a state legislator. Questioning the need for Photo Id is questioning a policy. Stating that “Republican activists” don’t care about election integrity is an assault on my integrity and the integrity of my activist friends.

That’s a matter of impugning the character of an entire group of people without even meeting them. That’s meanspirited behavior for which Rep. Winkler needs to apologize for.

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7 Responses to “DFL’s Overreaction to Photo ID”

  • Chad A Quigley says:

    Funny how spending $40 million on stopping democrat voter fraud is silly but spending it on education or public union pensions is all fine and dandy.

  • Mary says:

    I totally support this “waste” of money as the Democrats call it. The waste of money I don’t support can be found on Sen. Terri Bonoff’s web site under Session Recap. In her May, 2010 session recap letter which she emailed around to everyone signed up to hear from her, she states that views and votes on the issues were influenced by the fact that many of us are on the ballot in Nov., 2010. Now that’s what I call a HUGE waste of money — a legislative session full of people who do not vote their principles and those of their constituents. Their salaries are a total waste of tax payer’s dollars if that is the belief system they have. Bring on whatever is necessary to give us voter integrity so we can vote people who voted like Sen. Bonoff did in May out in 2012.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Mary, I couldn’t agree more.

  • J. Ewing says:

    Funny how the DFL, to quote Rep. Winkler, thinks that an honest election will disenfranchise people likely to vote DFL. Doesn’t that mean the DFL KNOWS that their voters aren’t legal and honest, and that they cheat?

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