There is a problem with Election Day registrations: the people registering are not checked for eligibility before their votes are counted. That is why the Minnesota Voters Alliance and other plaintiffs are before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that Minnesota must confirm the eligibility of all voters before counting their ballots. That includes the more than 500,000 who register on Election Day in presidential-election years.
Say What? Secretary of State Mark Ritchie tells the federal court, in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mark Ritchie, that the state has no duty nor authority to verify voters' eligibility. At the same time, he tells the people of Minnesota that he checks all voters for eligibility? Video clip taken from the March 2012 Capitol Report.
Will the photo ID amendment to the Minnesota Constitution suppress votes? Yes. It will suppress the votes of ineligible voters -- and I am all for that!
But wait, opponents say, what about the disabled people in Minnesota who can't be expected to measure up to their civic duty like the rest of us? Well, I would like to address that question because I am not one of "us."