Groups Claim Voter ID Includes Racial Profiling

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some people say the push to get a Voter ID amendment on the ballot in November includes racial profiling.

TakeAction Minnesota and a coalition of other organizations held a news conference on the issue Monday morning.

They say a picture on is racially derogatory and they want it taken down.

They say the picture implies that African-Americans and Latinos are looking to cheat Minnesota’s election system.

“It’s nothing short of a racist fear mongering that’s designed to promote the very divisive issue,” said Dan McGrath, executive director of TakeAction Minnesota.

TakeAction Minnesota is also calling for an apology and they want the people behind the WeWantVoterID website to stop pushing for a voter ID constitutional amendment.

  • Bradley A. Huda

    I’m Confused I show my ID evertime I vote.

    • Grynch

      OMG they’re profiling you man. You should never have to prove who you are when you vote to elect a public official.

  • politicianssux

    Forcing people to show an ID to vote will help to prevent fraud. So what do the people want that are against showing an ID to vote?

    • Llp

      where is the fraud

    • Jackel

      It prevents them from voting early and often!

    • max

      But, there is little to no evidence of voter fraud in Minnesota and this will cost to implement. It’s like spending money to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

      BTW – does your Grandmother have a photo ID?


        Max, the only reason there is “little to no voter fraud in Minnesota” is because NO ONE IS LOOKING FOR IT! If the Minnesota Highway Patrol never looked for speeders, the equivalent to your argument would be that there is little to no speeding in Minnesota. However, that would not be true – you’re using flawed logic. If you don’t look for something, that does NOT mean it isn’t happening.

        • js

          Your logic is no better than his.

      • pizzedoff

        You live in la-la land? Plus, seniors are the first ones to pull out ID.

      • redrider

        Nope… shes dead.

        • Matt

          then why did she vote last year?

    • sarn

      They want to be able to leave their ID at home when they vote.

    • Iron

      That would be freedom from government scrutiny. Less total government rules and restrictions. Faster lines at voting poles. You know, our right to vote in MN as the law now stand.

      • Delores

        We do not want government scrutiny because it is so much harder to use fake names and to cheat if you have to have a photo ID.

        • pizzedoff

          Thank you Delores. Has nothing to do with racial profiling, only crook profiling.

  • Bradley A. Huda

    I have to show my ID all the time for various reasons. I don’t have a problem with proving who I am. The only reason I see that someone would not want to is if they are trying to get away with something.

  • See BS

    Multi-Culturalism is religion and this ad is “Blasphemy” to liberal bible bangers.

    They use the word racism like a California surfer dude uses the F word in every other sentance.

  • Bob K.

    First of all, I do not agree with methods of handling the subject.
    However, last week in USA Today, there was an article that stated 1 in 8 votes in last years elections were not correct. The article did not state “fraud”, but what else could it be. However, over the years articles in other papers have proven people going and voting in multiple locations and states – that is fraud. A photo ID card with address would stop that type of fraud.
    In most states you can get a photo ID (if you do not have a passport) for travel by air. So make the ID “free”, this way everyone will have a ID card with photo and address.

  • politicianssux

    the writing at WCC0 has been pretty poor lately, but this is a story why? A group that does not want voters to show an ID to vote wants this whole thing stopped because one supporting group used an image that they find offensive? Really? Using that logic, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Koch, NOrm Coleman, Michelle Bachmann and many others never would be allowed in public.

    • Dan McGrath

      Another example of a well-reasoned and rational argument against Voter ID. Well said.

  • questioning

    Why do Republicans have so much hate?

    • Matt

      Its because their god tells them to hate anyone else that isn’t like them.

    • Brett

      Why are democrats so stupid and/or corrupt??

      • Llp

        Because you all have lost you humanity

      • A Voter

        Voter corruption started with the Bush administration.

  • stung4ever

    “they want the people behind the WeWantVoterID website to stop pushing for a voter ID constitutional amendment.”

    They don’t really care about the alleged racial profiling. They just want to silence their opposition by throwing around the term “racist.”

    Besides, if we need to have photo ID in order to exercise our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, how is it wrong to require photo ID to prove that you are eligible for the constitutional right to vote?

  • Chaz

    You are not legally required to have a driver’s license. And what some people seem to fail to realize is that there are large numbers of people (particularly the poor and the elderly) who don’t have drivers licenses. So wake up and realize there are millions of Americans who don’t “use my photo ID every day”.

    Some states issue their own ID cards, though some of those don’t even include a picture and are just printed on paper. Calling those things reliable identification is a stretch.

    For all those who want to require photo ID, first you need to fund a system where all citizens are given reliable photo ID without significant cost or inconvenience. Otherwise, you are suddenly making it easy to vote if you also happen to drive, but a big pain for everyone else. Pony up the cash to put a program like that in place and then there’s no problem.

    If you’re not willing to do that, you reveal yourself for what you truly are – short-sighted fools who are willing to believe tales about boogey-men and/or the Republican thugs who spread those lies and just want to keep the poor, the elderly, and minorities from voting since they currently tend to vote Democrat.

    • Mr. T

      You need a driver’s license to legally drive a car in every state, dummy! Unless you don’t care what is legal, much like fraudulent votes!!!

    • Brett

      Hey STUPID, you can get a FREE state issued ID, if you are LEGALLY allowed to be in this COUNTRY. If not, TOUGH BUFFALO CHIPS. Go vote in your native country.

      • Chaz

        Nice, thanks for repeating what I already said in my post – YES, some states have state-issued ID cards. And it’s brilliant how you let your true colors show by inviting me to go vote in my native country, which would be this one you moron. So how about you address the 2nd point in my post, about funding a system to help people get their ID card?

        • Jason

          @ chaz The only state we are talking about is Mn. This dosent concern anyother state but this one.

        • Brett

          It’s already FUNDED, STUPID, don’t you think that this legislature figured it out by now, after all of the stupid challenges in all of the other states where it has BECOME THE LAW OF THE LAND, the the Supreme Court’s APPROVAL??? How many times do you have to get SLAPPED IN THE FACE before you finally GET IT??

          • js

            Brett, why are you such a douch? Every post you make on every story is name calling and has no substance. How old are you…really?

    • See BS

      Minnesota has a plain ID too — you don’t need a drivers license.

  • Tom

    Voter Fraud? This is more tripe from the Right to distract from the fact that these TeapubliCON’S have no plan nor clue as to what they are doing…no wonder they were the minority party for 40 yrs in MN…and will be again come NOVEMBER…nuff said !!!

    • Mr. T

      Voter fraud does exist, dummy!

  • More GOP spending

    Another “problem” looking for a solution. How many voters will we need to disenfranchise to be able to stop all this so called fraud, which during the last election amounted to a couple of votes, maybe, out of millions. Think about it, you go in to vote and they check off your name, if there is any problem you could still vote and your ballot would be validated. Then there would be a record of the “vote fraud” that took place. To date = 0. Thank You.

    • Brett

      Complete and total NONSENSE. Cases all over the state, from Duluth to St. Paul to Mpls. to Albert Lea. I’m tired of having my vote “cancelled out” by a fraud, and this needs to stop NOW, and for GOOD.

      • aintnoangel

        Bret, There is your chance to make Thousands of dollars, Did’T ACLU last week offer $1000 for each case of voter fraud you can prove?

      • A Voter

        Prove it

  • Pookie

    How can it possibly be profiling if everyone has to have an I.D.

    • Brett

      Exactly. It’s NOT. the democrats can’t figure that out, that’s why they are going postal right now. They don’t have a rational retort to such a logical question.

  • Reasonable

    Massive republican gains in 2010. Voter fraud is obviously the problem there.

  • Brett

    Compete, total, utter, NONSENSE. Google voter fraud in the US, and Minnesota comes up #1 in the NATION. If it was EVER needed, it it needed HERE. Has NOTHING to do with RACE, has EVERYTHING TO DO with INTEGRITY, VALUES, ETHICS, and HONESTY.

    • Chaz

      Wow, you googled that all by yourself? I’m sure you were equally amazed when you googled about your problem and learned there’s lots of 100% legal and effective pills you can take that will instantly make you grow “down there”. That must’ve been a huge relief!

      • Llp

        did you get you human one

  • Brett

    If you don’t have to show an ID to vote, then you shouldn’t have to show an ID to buy alcohol, tobacco, get on a plane, apply for a permit to carry a handgun, or benefits, or WELFARE, or *FOOD STAMPS*, or ***HOUSING ASSISTANCE***, or

    • Chaz

      You believe the fairy tale pack of lies that poor people, immigrants, and minorities are stealing your money through taxes. Lies told by politicians who promise to stop those problems (easy since they don’t exist) and then spend all their real energy in passing laws to benefit big corporations and the wealthy. And that’s when the real pain comes – there are countless examples in public record of these politicians cutting funding for schools and other public services, services that every tax payer benefits from. But no, you sheeple love a good fairy tale where you get to pick on people who don’t live as well as you, look and talk different than you, and who don’t have the means to fight back when you slander them and pass laws to persecute them. Jeez, try reading the New Testament for maybe 5 minutes.

      • Brett

        I don’t have to reade the New Testament for even ONE MINUTE, you IDIOT. Especially since you are probably one of those staunch supporters of “separation of church and state”, well, DON’T START PREACHING TO ME, SISSY BOY (or GIRL). I don’t benefit from ANYBODY or ANY GROUP who throws COMMON SENSE out of the WINDOW and thinks that teen pregnancy is OK, that thinks that high school dropouts are OK, thinks that legalizing DOPE IS OK, that unemployment should be the newest form of PERMANENT WELFARE, and includes so-called “Social Security disability”, which is the BIGGEST LOAD OF BULL that I’ve EVER HEARD, etc.


        • Les Johnson

          So much anger, so little to say….

        • Matt

          caps lock isn’t always cruise control for cool.

        • Llp

          Do you look at your self in the morning a figure out how can I hate today

  • Common Cents

    No id, no job, no vote. That “right” should be reserved for tax paying AMERICANS

  • Analyst

    I say NOT having voter ID is racial profiling.

  • John Frykman

    A lot of stuff you claim here. Where are your facts? This is such a simple issue: Should people who have no right to vote be allowed to right, thereby cancelling out the votes of people who DO have a right to vote. Dead people, illegal immigrants, felons, and people who have already voted once should not be allowed to vote. What’s so bad about that. There is not a single good reason voters should not be required to prove who they are!

  • Dems need fraud

    The simple fact is that voting fraud aids the Democrats. As the Democratic political bosses of New York and Chicago always said: vote and vote often.

  • pete

    Having a valid ID is just common sense in this day and age,it has nothing to do with racial profiling.Furthermore,it’s a matter of time before the homeland security act will require all americans to carry a valid ID.More laws to protect us from them,or them from us.

  • Rentacop

    I have to show my photo I.D. everytime I vote. Whats the big deal ?
    Racial Profiling ? Thats a stretch !! Looks more like cartoon characters to me.

    • Me

      Who is asking you for your ID? Since that isn’t a requirement in MN, you shouldn’t be handing it out at the polls.

  • Dan McGrath

    Fasinating. WCCO asked for and received a response from Minnesota Majority, but they neglected to include it. I’ll do the job that these journalists refused to do:

    St. Paul – Minnesota Majority president Jeff Davis responded to Take Action Minnesota’s Monday press conference in which they accuse Minnesota Majority of using race issues to advance Voter ID.

    “Race has never been a factor in the Voter ID debate. Only Take Action Minnesota wants to raise that specter. The amendment is about equal treatment under the law and fairness,” said Davis.

    “The people of Minnesota are wise to these old smear tactics. It’s a testament to the fact that their arguments against Voter ID lack any merit when they resort to mud slinging with the old race card. Ad hominem attacks are a sure sign of losing an argument.”

    In opinion polls conducted over the last several years, Voter ID enjoys 80% Support in Minnesota.

    “The only other argument they’ve tried to rest their case against Voter ID on is disenfranchisement. They claim that thousands of voters will be unable to vote. Their problem is that every time their disenfranchisement argument has been tested in court, it’s been disproven. Requiring voters to identify themselves while providing free state-issued ID isn’t going to stop any eligible voter from exercising his or her rights,” Davis concluded.

    • Jason

      Minnesota Majority gets an A+. Nice to get some good info thank you. Not surprizing cco didnt report this, it dosent fit the agenda. Frustrating none than less.

      • Llp

        Ah yes another hate group

  • Mr. T

    The only people against voter ID are those who gain from it! I show my ID to buy beer or cigarettes, get on a plane, vote, when driving (maybe), to rent a car, to buy gun or ammunition, to buy a fishing license or a hunting license, etc… I am a white guy so am I being discriminated against or don’t I count? If the liberals weren’t such a bunch of cheats we wouldn’t need it!!! It’s karma.

    • Llp

      Maybe because some people died to count

    • Llp

      You just don’t ave a clue how sad

  • Mr. T

    We have voter ID because some people are cheats!! Nuff saud.

  • Me

    The last case of voter fraud I read about (about 2 wks ago) was the Indiana Republican Sec. of State lying about his residency so he could collect a $1k a mo. stipend from the city council.

    • Dan McGrath

      And you would prefer elected officials committing voter fraud with impunity?

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