ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group that supports requiring voters to show photo ID is suing the state of Minnesota, saying it’s not doing enough to confirm voter eligibility.

The Minnesota Voters Alliance filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday. The group says 48,000 of the 500,000 voters who registered on election day in 2008 are “unconfirmable.”

President Andy Cilek says its figure is based on freedom of information requests to the secretary of state’s office that found that many voters were challenged or inactive.

The Secretary of State’s office says it is reviewing the lawsuit and will not comment on it.

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Comments (24)
  1. Tom says:

    If these people are going throw out the words “voter fraud” then they should the proof. Just because it exists in their little bubble doesn’t mean it exists. Both Coleman and Emmer claimed voter fraud and the State Supreme Court voted 7-0 that there was no proof of any.

    1. Judge Wapner says:

      That’s not actually what the Court held. The court held that the system as it exists would not be able to confirm that there was fraud at that point.

  2. Kevin says:

    Its already a State law that you must carry identification at all times……so unless your illegal…or your POS immgrant status is expired… should have no issues showing an id. The State gives free State ID’s so wealth is no issue. And if your too old to get an ID then I would guess you are too old to vote!

    1. ez says:

      Please show me the state statute that says you are required to carry identification at all times. I have to pay for my ID so I have no idea where you are getting your information that the state of MN gives them away. Go back to what ever hole you came out of. People like you are full of it.

      1. Dan McGrath says:

        The Voter ID amendment bill requires the state to provide ID at no charge.

  3. randy says:

    This anti ID argument is just a LAME attempt by the groups who round up voters like cattle on election day and herd them to the polls. You need a photo ID to go to the vo-tech, you need a photo ID to get a job, you need a photo ID to cash checks ………and as far as the argument about old people not having them, I do NOT know a single senior citizen who doesn’t have a photo ID ……so for the people who are too lazy to get an ID, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote until you do !

    1. Dave says:

      There is NO law that requires a US citizen to possess or own ID. This is America, not South Africa.
      If the state would provide photo ID when one registers to vote, then I am all for this law.

    2. Niki says:

      I hope you never get old Randy. You are probobly one of the same people touting about the government trying to strip you of your civil rights, and that’s exactly what you are asking to be done of people who are legal citizens legal to vote who for whatever reason don’t carry an ID, like the elderly.

  4. M Theresa says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if the DFLers who oppose voter ID actually helped people secure IDs to help them vote, get housing, get jobs, etc., instead of just making them support the DFLs public employee base? Then again, they’d have to actually care about them to actually do that. It’s much easier to just hand them a pack of smokes and drop them back off on the corner.

  5. jt says:

    Yes, but a photo id itself only identifies you, not your place of residency, which is just as important in establishing voter eligibility. From the time I was 18 to 23, I always had a photo id. It just never had the correct address on it, as I moved every year. You’re telling me it’s no big deal to go to the DMV and get a new id every time I move?

  6. Saints #1 says:

    I have voted against keith Ellison so many times until 2010 whe nthe new GOP/tea party surfaced with its crazy stupid rhetoric. However, I did vote against Norm Coleman cause I just didn’t like him or how he looked and voted for anyone who can beat him. Looks like Iwill be doing same thing again in 2012!!! Instead of voting against GOP/tea party in national election, I will state elections and agenda also just to spite these people!!! I will vote for gay marriage, no photo ID and anything else or bills these loons came up with.

    1. Dale Gribble says:

      Another godless, socialist traitor who hates Liberty!! Once Obammy is out of office, you won’t think you’re so smart!!!

      1. Saints #1 says:

        Well I voted for George W bush twice also, so I know all about voting for awful presidents with consequences.

      2. jackactionhero says:

        I love Liberty and Justice for all…..but I’d vote for Obbbbbaaaaaammmmmaaaaa every day of the week before the stooges the GOP has offered up. And I detest Obama so …. says it all right there. Stupid GOP is like a lost ship of fools

        I say let’s do a write in everyone and vote for Peter Wabbit !

  7. H.Y. Weber says:

    $1 million an hour, dingbat.

  8. jackactionhero says:

    send me your name, address, SS# and a CC number to verify who you are and I will do it.

  9. jackactionhero says:

    Hate to say it but lately the white folks doing way more than their share of the front page crime.
    Embarrassing but hey – we got our share of trash too. Prolly the same percentage even…..sick

  10. G Dog says:

    If IQ were used as a voting criteria, 75% of conservatives would be eliminated.

    1. angry Minnesotan says:

      and 100% of democrats also would be eliminated. What is your point?

  11. Pat says:

    Just another great leap of faith by the right wing extemeists who have taken over the Republican Party. They really, really, really want to hinder voters in next autumn’s elections.

    There are twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans. Figure, odds are if you stop three voters from voting, two of those voters will be Democrats. That’s a big win for them in a close election. Got it?

    1. Dan McGrath says:

      Minnesota doesn’t have party registration. Surveys show an almost even split of self-identified Republicans (1/3), Independents (1/3) and Democrats (1/3).

  12. betty says:

    Charlie White, Indiana Election Chief, Found Guilty Of Voter Fraud. Maybe they should try with their own “house”. Whie is a Republician in Indiana.

  13. Dave says:

    Here’s the deal. I go to the liqour store and they swipe my license to verify it is a valid MN ID – why is that so hard for voting? Any time I go to vote they ask my name and cross it off a paper list -what decade are we in here? Why let acorn and the dfl’ers pay people to go vote 25 times? People, wake up, it happens. All.The.Time. Ask Al Franken.

  14. keel says:

    I think everyone who votes should have to show a Military ID….thereby proving that he/she loves this country enough to actually fight for it. That’s what a real American does. A real American also realizes that…after fighting alongside people of all different faiths, skin colors, political persuasions….and trusting each of them with your life….most of this silliness that goes on in the public arena is childish, hurtful, and meant to divide us.

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