STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Republicans who attend a party caucus gathering at one Stillwater precinct will get to try registering with a photo ID scanner.

The GOP activists who organized the Rutherford Elementary School caucus on Tuesday purchased the device themselves. The scanners cost $50 a piece.

The technology is similar to what would be Minnesota law if Republican legislators are successful in pushing a constitutional amendment to require a photo ID to vote in Minnesota.

“As opposed to having 400 people stand in line for an hour to an hour and a half for caucus, this is much more efficient,” said organizer Joe Westrup.

State GOP spokeswoman Heather Dodgers-Rubash says the handheld device scans drivers’ licenses and other photo IDs and immediately registers each caucus attendee’s name and address. She says the activists wanted to show the photo ID requirement is not burdensome as some critics charge.

Dodgers-Rubash says Stillwater caucus attendees don’t need a photo ID to caucus, and can still participate the old-fashioned way by filling out a form.

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Comments (19)
  1. G Dog says:

    Looking forward to the first senior citizen who hasn’t had a driver’s license in years, has been a solid citizen and is turned away by the party that wants a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.

    1. See BS says:

      This old persons vote won’t count anyway without an ID system.

      1 old person vote Vs 20 Dead people voting = Voter Supression

    2. hunnybear18 says:

      I am looking forward to the first college student who doesn’t know what to do with himself on election day when he can’t spend the day at the polling place vouching for people he doesn’t know. Whatever we will he do with his day when he can’t spend it helping people vote who don’t even live in that district? Whatever will he do when his candidate loses because the people who support him only get one vote? I’m sure he will spend the day volunteering for the poor, right?

      1. Realist says:

        There are virtually no cases of voter fraud despite what republicans want you to think. Go find the court cases, they don’t exist. Just voter suppression brought to you by the party of ‘family values’…

        1. hunnybear18 says:

          There have been multiple cases of felons voting. They have been convicted. Also, what of the thousands of same day registration cards that are returned due to the person not living there or the address not existing. We would have to check them out to prove the fraud. Police can’t catch drunk drivers without pulling them over and checking them. If they stop doing that, does it then follow that there are no drunk drivers?

  2. llp says:

    Why should it be a burden most of them are WWH’s any way and Jim Crow laws would apply to them.

  3. keel says:

    Hah! Caucus attendees “don’t need a photo ID” to attend. Why not? Oh the irony…

  4. G Dog says:

    Keel is scared off a Martian invasion of caucuses…..

  5. See BS says:

    Ironic isn’t it, Old peoples votes don’t really count until they are dead in some places.

  6. Scott Funk says:

    I happen to have taken a stint as a election judge, and I can tell you that election fraud really IS nonexistent. The closest it comes is people accidentally voting in the wrong spot, but they’re told where to vote because of a list of residents already present at each polling place. This voter ID thing is just to make it harder to vote, helping to prevent the elderly, disabled, some students, and very poor from voting. The GOP does this because most casual voters tend to vote Democratic, oddly enough, and the Republican party’s right wing message doesn’t sit well with most moderates (the majority of the US population) and the left. The odds against voter fraud are close to astronomical in scope. I do not kid nor exaggerate.

    1. See BS says:

      Like when CBS falsely claimed Gore won Florida an hour before the polls closed in Florida?

      And then County Judges started making up pretend make-believe election laws out of thin air?

  7. Murph says:

    Dumb mistake on that idea.Two faced GOP’ers won’t be able to pass those scanners . Repugnant ones should just enjoy the riches and freedom they have.Instead of trying to take it away from non fascists of Minnesota!

  8. Peace says:

    I have a hard time believing college students don’t have a valid MN ID. Don’t they ever go to bars? Also the poor will get free ID’s (young or old). And the elderly, not sure why it would be hard for someone to get an ID if they don’t have one already. If they can make it in to vote, they can get an ID. I think the reason why so many people are against this is because it will weed out voter fraud.

  9. What is the Problem? says:

    Welcome to proposed government mandated ID theft if the right wing nut cases get this passed. Agree, only reason is GOP wants to eliminate those awful people who do not usually vote for them. Kiffmeyer has been trying this for at least the last 12 years, making a problem where there is none. The only cases they can dig up are felons voting, how would an ID help that? Cite the many cases of voter fraud that can be actually validated.

    @ Peace- it is not that easy to get an ID – try it some time, don’t forget to take a couple of days off work to do it. Not all students have a permanent address in MN (bars accept valid ID from all states), but as a good GOP flunky you think they, the poor and elderly, should not have the right to vote.

    Elderly have a difficult time getting ID. My mother is in her 90s, no state birth certificate (born at home), never had a driver’s license or ID. Never needed one before (small town, could cash checks no ID required), and now at her age you want her to be denied her right to vote.

    GOP is party of NO and that includes NO money for poor – what free IDs?

    Bad idea all the way.

  10. LibertyDiva says:

    First of all, this is a great idea any way you look at it. Second, it also opens itself up to voter fraud…fake IDs anyone? BUT, it’s still better than a utility bill. People who don’t have some sort of photo ID, well, you fill in the blank.

  11. Go-P says:

    A total waste of the taxpayers time, and money.

  12. the lover says:

    Well, if the GOP wants voter IDs, then we need eliminate absentee ballots.

    The rule should be you can only at a polling place, no more mailing it in. Thus, eliminating this kind of voting fraud. Because once you have the ballot, who fills it in…imagine how many ballot have been fraud due to absentee ballots.

    Being that GOP voting districts typically have shorter in-line wait time. There should a new law making every voting district wait time of one hour before you can go into a booth. Call it the equal time provision…if we find some areas that have longer than one hour time wait increase the waiting period. This way, we equal the time it takes to vote in all areas of the state. No more advantages for rural GOP districts.

    Also, being that you need a photo ID to vote, all voting should take place at a DOV office, more schools or community centers allowed. These offices all have cameras on-hand.

  13. Do Do says:

    My polling place has a 3-ring binder with a list of names and addresses. The 85 year-old asks your last name, then flips to the appropriate section of the binder and hands it over. You’re free to sign next to whatever name you’d like.

    There’s no guarantee of voter fraud, but they sure make it easy.

  14. psawyer says:

    I worked at a couple of liquor stores for years. Everyone has an ID. How do these people that supposedly don’t have an ID get sudafed or cough syrup? Don’t they ever get sick?

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