Allegations aren’t facts

Carver County GOP Chair Paul Zunker has responded to my post regarding Sen. Julianne Ortman’s support of Voter ID legislation.

Zunker lists off the usual litany of allegations that Republicans have relied on in an attempt to create the impression that there is a problem with voter fraud.  But the facts remain as I stated in every post I have written about this issue:

In fact, nearly every documented case of voter fraud in this state during the past decade can be traced back to felons attempting to vote before completing their probation, many of whom did so because they weren’t notified about the status of their voting rights.  The DFL-controlled Legislature passed a solution supported by every County Attorney in the state during the last legislative session:  send a letter to felons that clearly state whether or not they are eligible to vote.  The Republican Governor vetoed the bill.

Those are the facts.  No charges have been filed in the Crow Wing county case, no real evidence has actually emerged about thousands of dead people voting, and the alleged U of M vouching case has produced no charges.

Democrats and Republicans have spent literally millions of dollars over the last two election cycles litigating votes in the Franken-Coleman and Dayton-Emmer races.  The finest legal minds on both sides of the aisle have dug through this state’s voting records, and haven’t found any.  Don’t take it from me — take it from Fritz Knaak, Norm Coleman’s attorney, who said the following on TPT’s Almanac following the 2008 recount:

We were looking for fraud, but we didn’t find any.

Republicans could fix the only voter fraud issue that actually exists in Minnesota by adopting the legislation passed by Democrats in the last legislative session.  But instead, they are choosing to make it more difficult for Minnesotans to vote (and let there be no doubt, these provisions will result in fewer Minnesotans voting), and spending millions of dollars to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.  Ortman and the rest of legislative Republicans may have the best of intentions here, but they’re going way too far here.  We have real problems that need solving — we shouldn’t be wasting time on trumped-up ideological battles that don’t do anything to move our state forward.  

[As an aside, Zunker’s post uses the phrase “want to make grandma eat dog food” in quotes shortly after an actual quote from my post.  Let me be perfectly clear:  I have never used that phrase, much less say or imply that is a Republican position.]

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4 Responses to “Allegations aren’t facts”

  1. Wow. let them eat dog food. I bet that idea or saying never entered your mind, from what I’ve read of your blog.

  2. Hi Sean-

    We will have to agree to disagree on this issue. I truly don’t think it will result in more people sitting the next election out. In fact, I anticipate seeing some record numbers of people showing up.

    I know you didn’t say the dog food comment, but there have been others who have which is why I brought it into the conversation. I want to see some good debate going back and forth between Republicans and Democrats on the issues without the “dog food style” comments.

    Have a great rest of the weekend Sean!

    • Paul,

      I think when you’re dealing with fundamental rights like voting, the evidence of a problem needs to be a lot stronger before we make it harder for people to vote. I think back to last legislative session, when Rep. Paymar introduced a bill regarding the so-called “gun show loophole”. Several Reps, including Paul Kohls (who I don’t obviously agree with on many issues) made the salient point that there effectively is no crime that emanates from weapons sold at gun shows in this state. It would be another law that would solve a problem that doesn’t exist, more designed to score political points than do anything else. We have more important things to do in St. Paul than to fix non-existent problems.

      Have a great weekend as well!

  3. The intentional omission of facts in your blog post is also called distortion.

    It is a fact that there have been a total of 46,000 same-day voter Postal Verification Cards returned by the post office right after the election due to “unknown recipient” in just the last two presidential election cycles.

    Sec. of State Mark Ritchie has refused to follow-up on these 46,000 returned voter verification cards.

    If the same-day voter’s address is bogus and they didn’t have to present any kind of valid photo ID, it conveniently makes it impossible to track down any of these 46,000 voters for prosecution. This is also probably why 40+ states in the US don’t allow same day voter registration.

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