Same Day Registration Leads to 48,000 Fraudulent Voters, Lawsuit
In today’s Star-Advertiser readers discover the Editors toying with yet another shiny electoral object—same day voter registration. The Editors pretend to be concerned with voter turnout in spite of have spoken out twice against church-based voter registration drives. Like last year’s quietly dropped advocacy of Instant-Runoff Voting, Same Day Registration is the latest trendy idea from the California woo-woo crowd. And, like IRV, Same Day Registration is already failing in states foolish enough to attempt it.
Here is an account from Minnesota where a lawsuit has been filed….
Let us bury, once and for all, the unsupported assertions that Minnesota's election system is the best in the nation and there is no evidence of ineligible voting.
Consider that on Election Day in 2008, more than 500,000 people walked into polling places, filled out pieces of paper called Voter Registration Applications, and then voted. The state treated these individuals differently from those of you who registered prior to the election. Specifically, your registration information was compared to the Department of Public Safety records indicating you are a citizen and are not a felon with unrestored voting rights. Additionally, your information was checked against court records to confirm that you are not under a guardianship order that has revoked your right to vote. Other checks were also done including confirming your residence in the precinct by sending a post card via the U.S. Post Office to see if it could be delivered to you.
In contrast to the process your registration was subjected to, none of those confirmation checks were done on the registrations of the half million Election Day registrants. Yet the votes of those registrants were counted.
That fact raises questions like, "How many of those 500,000 voters could not (after the election) be determined to be eligible?" and "How many of those voters have been found to be ineligible?" Sadly, the Secretary of State's office refuses to analyze its data and give the public the answers to those questions.
Fortunately, though, private citizen groups have worked to overcome the lack of cooperation from the Secretary of State in order to assess the magnitude of Minnesota's open door for ineligible voting.
The tip of the ineligible voting iceberg includes a recent finding by the Minnesota Voters Alliance that more than 48,000 of those half million election day registrants in 2008 have not been confirmed as eligible, even as late as three years later. Minnesota Majority has identified by name more than 1,000 ineligible felons who voted in the 2008 general election. And the Minnesota Freedom Council has uncovered ineligible persons under guardianship in Crow Wing County whom the State permitted to register and vote in 2008.
A particularly egregious and illuminating case comes from Harris in 2006. At one polling place, approximately 10 individuals registered on Election Day all using the identical address, that of a laundromat in the same block as the polling place. When election judges challenged the eligibility of those people, the Chisago County Auditor told the judges that there was nothing that could be done to prevent or otherwise segregate the suspicious ballots.
That's the law in Minnesota. A person, whether citizen or non-citizen, can walk into a polling place, fill out a form with valid or invalid information including their name, have a registered voter vouch that they live at the stated address, vote, and disappear into the distance. Tracking them down later is nearly impossible, especially if a false name is used.
But there is good news by way of the Minnesota Constitution, which says clearly in Article VII, Section 1, that ineligible "persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state." That plain text means that the state has a constitutional duty to confirm the eligibility of every voter prior to "permitting" him or her to vote.
And there is more good news. On Feb. 28, the Minnesota Voters Alliance filed a federal lawsuit asking the court to enforce the Minnesota Constitution by directing the state to confirm the eligibility of Election Day registrants just as it does for early registrants, that is, before counting their ballots.
And the best news is that Minnesota can have both election integrity and Election Day registration. Identification information such as name, driver's license number, and address provided by voters who register on Election Day can be immediately confirmed using Internet connections to the state's databases. And for those relatively few situations in which the voter is unable to provide all of the information needed to register at the polling place, provisional ballots can be filled out and counted later after the confirmation is complete.
Public confidence in the integrity of our elections will be restored when no person is allowed to vote before his or her eligibility is confirmed.