MN voters back voter-ID amendment 76/18

posted at 8:43 am on May 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Mark Dayton vetoed a new voter-ID bill in Minnesota because he said it lacked “broad bipartisan legislative support.”  Perhaps he should have considered what the people of Minnesota thought rather than his coterie of DFL party hacks in St. Paul.  A new poll conducted by Survey USA puts Dayton squarely in the 18% fringe of Minnesota politics:

Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the voter ID bill saying it lacked “broad legislative bipartisan” support. …

According to our exclusive new SurveyUSA poll, 76% of Minnesotans say they’d vote in favor of voter ID.  Only 18% oppose the idea.

Well, a 76% support level is hardly bipartisan, is it?  Why, it’s only the crazed Tea Party wingnuts that really support voter ID requirements, right? Not exactly.  Let’s take a look at the internals, shall we?

  • Age demographics – The lowest level of support in age groups comes from seniors, who back voter ID 69/23.  The best support comes, surprisingly, from the youngest voters (18-34YOs) at 82/12.
  • Party affiliation – Yes, 92% of Republicans support voter ID.  So do 76% of independents … and 59% of those wingnutty Democrats in Minnesota, too.  Among Tea Party “members,” voter ID enjoys 93% support.  And for those who don’t identify with the Tea Party, support plummets all the way to … 74%.  Along ideological lines, liberals were least likely to support it — at 67%, the second-lowest level of support among all demographics.
  • Education – Surely, support must be coming from the mouthbreathers, right?  High-school graduates give a 79% level of support, almost the same as the 78% among those with some college education.  Those with degrees are a little more discerning … at 75%.
  • Income level – It won’t be much of a surprise to know that those making six figures support voter ID 73/25.  It will be a surprise to Dayton to find that those making less than $50K per year support it even more, 78/14.
  • Region – Like all of the other demographics, there isn’t much difference between the Twin Cities demo (76/19) and the rural area of western Minnesota (81/15).  In each region, support is at 75% or higher.

Dayton may think that voter ID doesn’t have broad bipartisan support, but that’s because Dayton doesn’t get out of the mansion much.  All he knows is what he hears from the entrenched DFL party machine, which fears voter ID as an end to their opportunities to manipulate elections.  After years of Election Day shenanigans, even two-thirds of self-described liberals have had enough.

And if that’s true in Minnesota, just imagine how voters feel in areas outside of the “progressive” Midwest.

Addendum: Survey USA’s big takeaway from the poll is that Tim Pawlenty trails Barack Obama by five points in a hypothetical head-to-head match.  Pawlenty just started running, so that’s hardly unexpected.  It will only be a big problem for Pawlenty if he doesn’t eventually close that gap.  It’s worth remembering, though, that Obama won Minnesota by twice that gap in 2008 over John McCain, who was supposed to be pretty popular in this state.


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It’s only bi-partisan if unions and illegals agree as well. Oh, and Al Franken too.

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM

People, what people, this is about empowerment and demarginalization or whatever.

What the hell is wrong with Minnesotans electing dimwits like Dayton. The entire state should be sawed from the continent and sold to Pakistan.

Bishop on May 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM

FU to Union thuggery in Minnesota and across America. The writing is on the wall wipes; your days have come and gone.

Keemo on May 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Can they override the veto?

cmsinaz on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Ed,

The link goes to a story that says the Voter ID bill would cost $23 Million to implement? Why $23 Million?…

Gohawgs on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Dayton’s veto amounts to complicity in widespread voter fraud.

petefrt on May 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM

My liberal Minnesota friends say there’s no such thing as voter fraud unless Republicans perpetrate it, so this is no problem.

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Is the $23 million the amount that Marxist trash will spend on lawyer fees fighting this?

76-18 not broad support. Heh, sounds like Trust Fund Boy is hitting the bottle again.

MNHawk on May 27, 2011 at 8:59 AM

76%???

Wow. In politics, you can’t get 76% of people to agree on anything.

Abby Adams on May 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The link goes to a story that says the Voter ID bill would cost $23 Million to implement? Why $23 Million?…

Gohawgs on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Is this being used as an argument against it? Since when do libs care about the government spending money?

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

MN voters back voter-ID amendment 76/18

ACORN and the democratic party hardest hit.

Baxter Greene on May 27, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The link goes to a story that says the Voter ID bill would cost $23 Million to implement? Why $23 Million?…

Gohawgs on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

All those fake IDs are not cheap.

Aviator on May 27, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Dayton’s veto amounts to complicity in widespread voter fraud.

petefrt on May 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM

+1

Red Cloud on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I often wonder if there is something funny in the water of those 10,000 lakes they have up there in Minnesota that voters keep electing yoohoos like Dayton and Franken to office.

pilamaye on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Well, we have always had Activist Democrat Judges.

Next up? Activist Democrat Governors!

Del Dolemonte on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

This so ticks me off. I like that the GOP isn’t backing down though – they are going to give it one more shot and then are putting it on the ballot to let the people decide.

gophergirl on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

I often wonder if there is something funny in the water of those 10,000 lakes they have up there in Minnesota that voters keep electing yoohoos like Dayton and Franken to office.

pilamaye on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Franken wasn’t elected to office. He stole that office thru vote fraud.

Del Dolemonte on May 27, 2011 at 9:08 AM

All those fake IDs are not cheap.

Aviator on May 27, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Especially in Keith Ellison’s district. One benefit to this bill if it passes – the line at my voting place would go down by half :)

gophergirl on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Yep, too costly…

Gohawgs on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Showing ID for voter registration. What a novel idea!

Crux Australis on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Is this being used as an argument against it? Since when do libs care about the government spending money?

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

..that’s because we need this money to help save mice in San Francisco……help men in Africa wash their genitals…. help support gelatin wrestling in the Great White North……and trying to find the new Bruce Jenner of the crustacean world with shrimp treadmill competitions….

Baxter Greene on May 27, 2011 at 9:10 AM

We have voter ID down here in the backward state of Louisiana. Why can’t they have it in ‘progressive’ MN?

lukespapa on May 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Yep, too costly…

Gohawgs on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

What a surprise that democrats would choose to make cuts when it comes to ensuring credible elections.

…but according to the “adults” in charge…the billions of dollars that illegal immigration costs the tax payer is social justice.

Baxter Greene on May 27, 2011 at 9:13 AM

That’s great mockery, Ed.

Jaibones on May 27, 2011 at 9:14 AM

76%???

Wow. In politics, you can’t get 76% of people to agree on anything.

Abby Adams on May 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

The MN GOP needs to add this as a ballot amendment.

tetriskid on May 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM

It’s only bi-partisan if unions and illegals agree as well. Oh, and Al Franken too.

[search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 8:45 AM]

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“What are we, chopped liver?”
— The Dead

Dusty on May 27, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I often wonder if there is something funny in the water of those 10,000 lakes they have up there in Minnesota that voters keep electing yoohoos like Dayton and Franken to office.

pilamaye on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Minnesota voters are bi-polar… we have Michele Bachmann too. At least we did something right.

Dasher on May 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM

We have voter ID down here in the backward state of Louisiana. Why can’t they have it in ‘progressive’ MN?

lukespapa on May 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

It would disenfranchise the illegal voters.

Dasher on May 27, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Can they override the veto?

cmsinaz on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

The short answer is yes, but it requires two-thirds majorities in both chambers to override (90 in House and 45 in Senate). In Minnesota 97% of all Gubernatorial Vetoes have stood.

Tommy_G on May 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Maybe the folks in MN will pull their heads out of the donkey and see that the Dems don’t care about what the PEOPLE want.
Any chance on him getting the boot come next election?????

hawkman on May 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

The ruling elite has spoken! The rest of you get lost, shut up or something.

tinkerthinker on May 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Tommy_G on May 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Does this essentially mean that MN’s GOP gains in the state legislature are all for naught with Dayton as gov? Man, I can’t believe MN elected that freak.

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Man, I can’t believe MN elected that freak.
Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:26 AM

I can, have you seen the other douchebags my state has elected; Klobuchar, Ellison, Franken, Oberstar.

Hell, there are still morons who display yard signs and bumper stickers for Wellstone, brand new freshly produced material, and he died almost a decade ago.

Bishop on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

We have voter ID down here in the backward state of Louisiana. Why can’t they have it in ‘progressive’ MN?

lukespapa on May 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM

The answer, translated from Poli Sci speak to English?

Black people are too stupid to be expected to get drivers liscenses, or other official ID.

That is literally what the Marxist trash say.

MNHawk on May 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Bishop on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

I know. My family is from Minnesota; I went to college there (had Wellstone as a prof) and lived in Minny for several years. Heading up there in a couple of weeks to see family and friends and go to my college reunion. I do know how liberal it is.

I guess more accurately I should have said – I can’t believe MN elected that freak in 2010 with so many other state elections falling to the GOP.

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Black people are too stupid to be expected to get drivers liscenses, or other official ID.

That is literally what the Marxist trash say.

MNHawk on May 27, 2011 at 9:39 A

Pretty much. The left is totally racist. “Brown people don’t know any better” is the not-so-secret justification for almost all lefty policies.

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

To a demonrat when racial hatred and class jealousy doesn’t work to get elected, steal the damn thing. Its the demonratic way.

volsense on May 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Thanks tommy

Cripe

cmsinaz on May 27, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Obama will win MN unless it’s a blowout nationwide. The marriage amendment will pass narrowly. Glad to see my fellow Minnesotans hold Bachmann in such low regard.

IR-MN on May 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I like that the GOP isn’t backing down though – they are going to give it one more shot and then are putting it on the ballot to let the people decide.

gophergirl on May 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Now that is some welcome news to start off this holiday weekend with. :)

C’mon voters. Why vote for Dems when you have to ask the question…why are Dems against voter id, to keep voting honest and legal? You know the answer, and should never have to ask it.

Corruption and dishonesty…two words of many that describe Dems now days.

capejasmine on May 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM

This is what happens when only the “Lizard People” 18% fringe, have representation ;)

Dr Evil on May 27, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Mark Dayton vetoed a new voter-ID bill in Minnesota because he said it lacked “broad bipartisan legislative support.”

Then how did the bill ever get to his desk?

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Minnesota elections are won by socialists expert at leveraging fear, ignorance, and slave mentality politics.

It also helps to have a communist certifying election results.

Roy Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Governor Moonshine is going to veto nearly everything these next two years. MN’s State government will shut down and our reliably biased media will blame the legislature.

Hopefully the Legislature doesn’t blink and passes an even smaller budget.

jpmn on May 27, 2011 at 10:16 AM

What the hell is wrong with Minnesotans electing dimwits like Dayton. The entire state should be sawed from the continent and sold to Pakistan.

Bishop on May 27, 2011 at 8:52 AM

The older citizens of Minnesota put Dayton over the top. They are so in love with the Dayton name that they voted for him because of it.

The link goes to a story that says the Voter ID bill would cost $23 Million to implement? Why $23 Million?…

Gohawgs on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Most bills that have been proposed requires the state to furnish ID cards for the poor. I don’t know what Dayton means by costs being passed down to the local level. There is no cost for an election judge to ask to see your ID.

The short answer is yes, but it requires two-thirds majorities in both chambers to override (90 in House and 45 in Senate). In Minnesota 97% of all Gubernatorial Vetoes have stood.

Tommy_G on May 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM

The legislature can put things on the ballot, which the article mentions they will for next year.

strictnein on May 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Mark Dayton vetoed a new voter-ID bill in Minnesota because he said it lacked “broad bipartisan legislative support.”

Then how did the bill ever get to his desk?

BobMbx on May 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Republicans now have large majorities in both Houses of our legislature. But notice the wording in Governor Moonshine’s objection, he doesn’t just say the Bill doesn’t have Bipartisan support, because it does. He objects because no DFLer in the legislature supported it.

jpmn on May 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I lived in the prm for 27 years. The last year I voted there someone had voted under my name when I arrived. The election judge was a leftie that lived in my hood. He was unconcerned about the fact that someone signed in as me and used my name to vote. The left is evil. The only rights they care about are thiers.

chicken thief on May 27, 2011 at 10:22 AM

He can veto t he move now, but the growing fears in the general public about identity theft in all aspects of their own personal lives means you’re not going to see support for voter ID go down. People know first-hand how identity fraud can affect them, so they’re not going to be open to the Democrats demands that — while government efforts towards protecting personal identities in the financial sector increase — there should be no checks on identity fraud at the ballot box.

jon1979 on May 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

He had to veto it. How are they going to re-elect Franken without vote fraud?

WannabeAnglican on May 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Governor Walker in Wisconsin just signed it into law. Hopefully more states will get involved.

closetgop on May 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM

We had a local GOP chair election here in Dallas County this month. Dallas County continues to slide into blue territory, despite the national trend to swing back red.

A creative volunteer made a unconventional, quirky campaign video for the candidate who was favored by the local tea party. He posted it on YouTube on Thursday May 12, thinking only the 300 or so local precinct chairs who were voting would see it. By early the next week, it had gone viral with over 40,000 views. Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow both showed it on their shows.

The two nerves we hit: voter fraud and Detroit. Maddow said that concerns over voter fraud is simply a code word for racism. And the mayor of Detroit called for video to be pulled because the candidate said that Dallas is being sucked into a big blue hole. What’s that like? It’s called Detroit. (And then the video showed pictures of crumbling abandoned buildings.)

They’re screaming like stuck pigs because we’re finally on to them and their cheating. I’ve been giddy all week just reading their over-the-top reactions.

parteagirl on May 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Hell, there are still morons who display yard signs and bumper stickers for Wellstone, brand new freshly produced material, and he died almost a decade ago.

Bishop on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Stop hanging around in my neighborhood.

You’re scaring the locals.

Bruno Strozek on May 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Missy on May 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

You are a Carleton grad? Me, too, class of ’86. Never had Wellstone, though.

bookman on May 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Showing ID for voter registration. What a novel idea!

Crux Australis on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Yeah, and SO intimidating as well…:rolleyes:

44Magnum on May 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Can they override the veto?

cmsinaz on May 27, 2011 at 8:53 AM

God, I sure hope so. Dems/libs can never do anything properly/lawfully.

Mirimichi on May 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

So legislation must meet the “bipartisan litmus test” before it can be approved and signed, without a veto????

Can anyone point to any legislation in any state, county, local or fed requirement for anything close to bipartisan support to pass???

Odie1941 on May 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM

MN.voters are screwed!

MCGIRV on May 27, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Minnesota will start to turn around. We’ll take a little longer than Wisconsin because Minneapolis/STP have a bigger hold over our state than Madison and Milwaukee do in theirs, but we’ll get there eventually. By 2020, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan should be likely GOP states. The farming areas here have held out as Democrats for a long time but they’re starting to redden very fast. And the unions are losing more power weekly.

Nelsen on May 27, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Hell, there are still morons who display yard signs and bumper stickers for Wellstone, brand new freshly produced material, and he died almost a decade ago.

Bishop on May 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

The eastside of Duluth is infested with these things. It’s disgusting.

Nelsen on May 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Dayton’s veto amounts to complicity in widespread voter fraud.

petefrt on May 27, 2011 at 8:56 AM

AGREE!!! How else will “he” get re-elected if he cannot furnish his OWN voters.. BTW – {Pay is low down here – What is the going $$rate for each Fraudelent Vote if I drive to MN on voting day and vote???? Maybe if I puy my VOTE on EBAY??

Panentheist on May 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Every time I go to the polls I ask… “do you need to see I.D.?” even though I know the answer is going to be ‘no’.
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It always get a look… surprise, mild shock, or amusement seem to be the big three…
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SAD…
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RalphyBoy on May 27, 2011 at 3:36 PM

You are a Carleton grad? Me, too, class of ’86. Never had Wellstone, though.

bookman on May 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Cool – I’m ’91, so we just missed each other. Heading to Reunion next month? :)

I had Wellstone for a couple of weeks – Poli Sci 10. Or as my roommate called it, Bubbling Emotions 101. I dropped it when I figured out where he was going with it. He was a very kind man, though.

Missy on May 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM