Voter ID Hypocrisy

June 20, 2011

The hypocrisy of the anti-photo ID crowd is obvious.  Here’s one small example:

Click the link below to view video:

All the arguments against a Photo ID requirement for voting are dubious at best.  There may be legitimate concerns, but all of them can easily be gotten over.

For example, those very few who are financially unable to purchase an ID can be given one at minimal cost.  $18 or $11 if you’re 65 or older.
The idea that some would be disenfranchised is nothing but fearmongering, because no proof is ever given to substantiate the claim. Another argument is the Photo ID would do no good.  ID’s can still be faked, so the requirement wouldn’t necessarily eliminate fraud.  Even if this argument has merit, the requirement would diminish vote fraud.

Maybe this is why a certain political party seems to be so virulently opposed to it.  To some, it seems, an open-ended voting system which makes it relatively easy to steal a close election appeals to certain people of a certain political stripe.
We are a non-partisan group, interested in informing the electorate and promoting ideas that would enhance the integrity of the vote, thereby re-enfranchising voters, not disenfranchising them.  If there is even one illegal vote counted, all legal voters are disenfranchised.



Voter Intimidation?

November 1, 2010

Congressman Keith Ellison accuses Election Integrity Watch of voter intimidation, but refuses to answer legitimate questions regarding vote fraud prevention and photo I.D.

See the video:

Move along…No Fraud Here…move along

October 22, 2010

 In a previous post we quoted a local politician as saying there isn’t one tiny bit of evidence of vote fraud.  Recent headlines show how ridiculous a statement that is. 


New links as of 10/26/2010:


Voting Machine Techs Are SEIU...



CHICAGO: 'Glitch' with vote-by-mail system; Hundreds of thousands of voters may be disenfranchised...


Illegal Aliens Canvass for Votes in Wash. State

ACORN Worker Pleads Guilty to Felony Vote Fraud

Cincinnati Public Schools accused of voter bribery

Troy ballot-fraud targets ordered to give DNA

This is obvioulsy just a partial list.  Vote fraud is real.  If you value the integrity of our elections and of your own vote, there are steps you can take to help: 

Be a poll watcher – just contact your local precinct to find out how; support organizations dedicated to voter integrity, like the Minnesota Voters Alliance; support initiatives like Voter I.D.

– mnva

MNVA: Standing Up to the LWV

October 7, 2010

League of Women Voters – Betrayal of Public Trust?

September 23, 2010

The League of Women Voters promotes themselves as being nonpartisan and educational, when in fact, they are one of the nations largest lobbying groups.

On their own website,, they have an 83 page position paper, or “impact statement”, outlining their lobbying positions.  The group also admits on their website that they are “wholeheartedly political”.   How can someone be nonpartisan and wholeheartedly political at the same time?      they can’t!

the Questions that MUST be asked to the LWV:

1.  Are you a lobbying group, and, are there members of your group who are registered lobbyists?  (the answer is yes)

2.   By saying you are nonpartisan, are you also suggesting that you are neutral, unbiased and don’t have a horse in the race?  (yes they are)

3.  As debate moderators, are you part of the 501c4 lobbying group or simply the education fund 501c3, or both?  (they are part of the lobbying group)

4.  Do you think the Voters should be made aware of who you really are, and what positions you take on the issues, at debates and in Voters Guides?   (yes they should, absolutely)

5.  Are the members of your group who make of the so-called Voters Guides, also part of the 501c4 lobbying group?  (yes there are)

We hope that people start asking the League these very important questions to start bringing some integrity back into our election process.   The LWV is being dishonest about who they really are.  They must NOT be allowed to continue as they have been, it is hurting our democracy.

Andy Cilek

You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

September 22, 2010
Our complaint against the League of Women Voters is not that the League is partisan, despite their claims of non-partisanship; It’s that they actively lobby for particular political issues – which may violate provisions of  IRC 501c.3.
We at the MNVA were at one time naive enough to think the League might help us in our efforts, since they claim to be in favor of protecting the rights of voters, yet we soon discovered how little their actions represent their stated goals.
They are for Instant Runoff voting – which diminishes the value of an individual vote. They are against voter I.D. which prevents vote fraud and preserves the value of a legally cast vote.
And unlike the MNVA, they take positions on non-vote-related issues. They are for Cap-and-Trade, and against off-shore oil drilling; They are for “reproductive choice” and against the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. They fall on the left side of practically every major issue and have actively participated in promoting: government-run health-care, the million mom march, the Brady campaign, motor-voter, etc. They support the United Nations, CAFE standards and the repeal of the Patriot Act.
In short, the League of Women Voters has long since left their original purpose of woman’s suffrage and voting rights issues, and has become just another left-wing lobbying group.
All of which is fine – IF they don’t get tax exempt status – which is the nature of our complaint.
We are labeled a “conservative” group. Yet, even though more conservatives agree with our positions on voting issues than do liberals, we do NOT lobby on partisan political issues.
Our focus is on protecting the integrity of the vote. We are non-partisan. We do not endorse candidates, nor do we lobby the legislature. We simply try to educate the public on integrity of the vote issues and sometimes, as citizens of this representative republic, we “petition the government for a redress of grievances” on behalf of ALL (legal) voters, not just women voters and not just “conservative” voters.
Our complaint may fall on deaf ears, but it also may at least help make the public aware of how far the League has swerved off the “non-partisan” public service pathway.

On Thune’s Rant

April 26, 2010

In response to the effort to institute Photo I.D. at the polls to prevent voter fraud, Council Member David Thune exploded in a tirade, filled with invective, insult and a complete lack of logic.

Regarding Photo ID he said, “Darn right its racist. In the absence of one tiny bit of evidence that voter fraud is a problem there can be no other reason for insisting on photo IDing citizens attempting to vote.”

Really? No evidence that voterfraud is a problem? There are 17,000 un-accounted-for ballots from the 2008 election in which the U.S. Senate race was decided by only a few hundred votes.

He also said: “And yep – I place this squarely on republicans and teabaggers.”

It’s “TEA Partiers,” Sir.  And they are republicans, democrats, independents, Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians etc. who believe they are Taxed Enough Already.

The term “Teabaggers” is a dirty, sexual reference to some degrading practice that only people of Leftward persuasious seem to know about, so keep your disgusting insults to yourself.

“Lets not play games…” (You mean you were not playing games, like “race-card” or “pin the slander on the republican”?) “…Should this reach the city council with signatures I guaranty that we will take it to court.”

Nothing like using the judiciary to thwart the will of the people, eh Dave?

“There is no place for a racist attempt to supress voting in St. Paul.”

What there is no place for is smear tactics and lies. What’s RACIST here is to assume that a Photo I.D. requirement would suppress voting.  Perhaps Mr. Thune doesn’t believe non-whites have the ‘necessities’ to get an I.D. card.

If he is referring to money Mr. Thune is assuming all non-whites are poor, which would make him the racist.  I.D. supporters also support providing them free for those who can’t afford them.

“As many of us have asked – show us that a problem exists. Really! Post back an alleged instance in st. paul where fraud was comitted in an election.”

Don’t worry, we will…as if 17,000 voters who can’t be reconciled to the registration roles isn’t enough.   Voter fraud is as common as political cronyism. It’s ridiculous to claim it doesn’t exist or isn’t a problem. And to use Thune’s own rhetoric, and yep, I place this ridiculous denial squarely on the democrats and the ACORNs.

“Of all people, those who insist on minimal government intrusion on life are obvious hypocrites when they demand more government in the form of voter photoid’s. (the same folks who oppose filling out a census. But, as Dann Dobson recently said – “[ …when we went to war without reason; when there were no WMD; when a deregulated capitalistic financial system brought us a depression -you didn’t get angry… but when health care was made available to all, youwere furious.]” There is no logic – only anger – only hurt.”

There’s no logic in this ridiculous non-sequitur. Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, TEA Partiers, are not for anarchy, we are for limited government.  Therefore, there is no hypocrisy in expecting the government to perform its constitutionally mandated duty to protect freedom; and to stay out of the healthcare industry, the automobile industry, the banks, etc. (BTW: it wasn’t a deregulated free-market that caused the Depression, or the current recession; it was government intrusion and regulation which did that.  See Robert Higgs’ “How FDR Made the Depression Worse“) 

The right to vote is reserved for citizens, 18 years of age or older, with no felony convictions. If anyone other than a legal voter is allowed to cast a vote and have it counted, or if a person votes twice, or votes under the name of some other person, ALL legal voters have been disenfranchised.  It is the government’s duty to prevent that.

It is utterly pathetic that a person of Thune’s position would resort to the race-card, insult, vitriol and utter illogic to smear those of us who would like to think our vote matters and that it won’t be counteracted by an illegal vote. 

Some of us expect our representatives to represent us, not sit on their thrones and sling mud at anyone who doesn’t bow to the power-elite.

I wonder if Thune would be on the other side of the Photo I.D. issue if voter fraud ever cost him, or one of his cronies, an election. Talk about hypocrisy!

By Matt Marchetti (the views expressed in this post are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Minnesota Voters Alliance or any other voter advocacy group)