Reprinted from Eden Prairie News, July 29, 2010
by David Johnson
Senator Al Franken likely owes his Senate victory to felons. With a razor-thin victory over Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008 of just 312 votes, we have recently discovered that felons convicted of crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults may have given Democrats the filibuster-proof 60th vote that allowed Obamacare to pass.
Minnesota voters have good reason to be concerned. Without free and fair elections, we are no longer a democracy.
Vote fraud is bad for democracy. Democrats say they oppose it, yet they refuse to take action to stop it. The reason? By allowing people to vote multiple times or allowing felons and non-citizens to vote, the DFL increases their numbers and is able to steal elections.
Photo IDs are required for driving vehicles, buying alcohol or cigarettes, applying for Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, food stamps, applying for a library card, boarding airplanes, entering government buildings, registering at school, getting student loans, renting movies and cashing checks. But you don’t have to show ID to exercise our most important right as American citizens — the right to vote.
Is that fair? Democrat Maria Ruud seems to think so.
In May 2006, she voted against requiring ID to vote (HF 1443). In fact, of all the Democrats in the Minnesota House, only three supported requiring an ID to vote. As American Express said for decades: “membership has its priviledges”. And the greatest privileges of American citizenship is the right to vote. But Maria Ruud and Democrats across our state refuse to secure this foundational right against fraud.
Vote fraud is a problem. Without honest elections, our democracy will not work.
The recent Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform (headed by Republican James Baker and Democrat Jimmy Carter) made 87 recommendations to make our elections more fair and honest. One of their main recommendations: require people to show ID before voting.
According to Rasmussen, an overwhelming majority of Americans favor requiring an ID to vote. Opposition to voter fraud cuts across age, gender, race and party affiliation. Yes, even rank-and-file Democrats support voter ID.
Every time a fraudulent vote is counted, your vote is diminished and your right is stolen. Stand up for your rights and your vote. Vote for Kirk Stensrud, David Hann, and Jenifer Loon in November.