Republicans absolutely hate hate hate it that so many people vote in Minnesota. Republicans do better when fewer people vote (like in mid-term elections). In their efforts to suppress voter turnout, they’ve created a number of organizations to push their agenda.
I’ve obtained a copy of an email from Andy Cilek, President of the MN Voters Alliance. They teamed up with MN Majority and created a front group, Election Integrity Watch, to try and harass voters this election but largely failed.
Cilek hopes to push a Voter ID bill through the legislature this spring as well as try and get a Voter ID amendment on the ballot for 2012. The amendment is the better shot as it wouldn’t require Mark Dayton’s signature to get on the ballot.
Here’s the email.
Dear Friend of Freedom,
For several years The Minnesota Voters Alliance has been working toward a PHOTO ID requirement for voting. The November election has provided a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to implement PHOTO ID statewide. With a republican controlled legislature, it will be much less difficult to get this vital voter protection measure passed – regardless of who the governor is!
We are working closely with Representative and former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who serves on our Board, to take a multi-faceted approach:
1. Introduce a bill for statewide PHOTO ID as a first priority. If Governor Pawlenty is still in office in January, he would undoubtedly sign it. If Dayton wins and is seated sooner rather than later, we are already preparing a campaign to urge him to sign the bill, including our PHOTO ID petition in St. Paul which we have nearly 3,000 signatures.
2. We have already begun laying the groundwork on a constitutional amendment to introduce PHOTO ID to the voters statewide to vote on. 82% of last Rasmussen poll support PHOTO ID requirement for voting. The Governor DOES NOT have to sign a constitutional amendment; it goes from the legislature directly to the voters!
A PHOTO ID requirement for voting can further cut down on fraudulent voting, and counteract the ridiculous VOUCHER program where ONE INDIVIDUAL can vouch for 15 “voters.” We also need a provisional ballot process in place to allow the voters to be verified BEFORE their vote is counted. There will be much work to do on the absentee ballot process which has turned in to a bastion for fraud. PHOTO ID is the first step in improving the integrity of our elections, protecting the rights of legal voters and increasing public confidence in our elections.
We have also partnered with Minnesota Majority and the North Star Tea Party Patriots and thousands of supporters statewide, to start ElectionIntegrityWatch.com in an effort to dissuade and deter fraudulent voters from showing up at the polls. We believe this effort was extremely successful in the most recent general election.
We spoke up for what it right, and our voices were not silenced by criminals and frauds!
There is no organization in Minnesota doing what we do. We need your contribution in support of our legal and research expenses which currently total over $7,500. As a 501c4 organization contributions are not tax deductible.
Please send a generous contribution to: Minnesota Voters Alliance, P.O. Box 4602, St. Paul, MN 55104, or, use our secure PAYPAL account online at http://www.mnvoters.org/contac…
President, Minnesota Voters Alliance