Minnesota Voters Alliance and Citizens for Responsible Taxation, will be
stepping up their efforts in Saint Paul in the next few months in an effort
to push a photo ID requirement when voting in Saint Paul.
The Saint Paul effort first came to light in City Pages last December.
Last night I attended the kickoff meeting of this effort at Painter Park in
Minneapolis where a group, lead by former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer,
announced the kickoff of an effort to require photo ID's in Minneapolis,
Saint Paul and Duluth.
There was a lot of anecdotal stories about voter fraud, but not a single
hard fact. Kiffmeyer kept saying that 54,000 voter cards came back with no
such name or no such address on them. Bev White, who has run against Keith
Ellison for Congress claimed that Keith Ellison supports letting felons
The Saint Paul effort will be lead by Michael Degan of the Minnesota Voters
This is the group that sued the City of Minneapolis over Instant Run Voting
and took the issue to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
They claim they want to stop voter fraud, which they admit they have
virtually no evidence of.
What is ironic is that this effort to require photo ID's in Minneapolis,
Saint Paul and Duluth is being led by people who do not even live in Saint
Paul or Minneapolis
"Like Kiffmeyer, other backers of the petition live outside Minneapolis:
MVAs executive director, Andy Cilek, lives in Eden
suburb southeast of Minneapolis, and the groups assistant director,
Marchetti, lives in North St. Paul, a suburb northwest of St. Paul. MVA
co-founder Michael Degnan
in St. Paul, while MVA board member Tom Dahlberg resides in
a St. Paul suburb. Still another board member, Dr. Terrence Flower, lives in
Hastings, near the Wisconsin border."
This really appears to be an effort by suburban Republicans, still angry
over Norm Coleman's close loss to Al Franken, to repress voter turnout of
poor and minorities in traditional Democratic strongholds.