Minnesota Voter Registration Invites Fraud
But one of the most abuse-inviting voter registration systems is right here in
You don’t have to take my word for it (and most people don’t – when I’ve brought this up in the past I have not been believed). Take the word of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
A couple of excerpts for you:
Q. Who is eligible to vote?
A. You may vote if you are:
- at least 18 years of age
resident for at least 20 days before the election Minnesota
- not a convicted felon without your civil rights
- not under guardianship of the person where you have not retained the right to vote
- not legally incompetent
Emphasis mine. You don’t have to live in
A. You can register at your polling place on election day. You will need one of the following to verify your residence.
driver’s license, learner’s permit, identification card, or receipt for one, with your current address, Minnesota
- Tribal ID where authorized, with your current address
- If the
license or ID has a former address, you may bring a recent utility bill* to use with your license Minnesota
- “Notice of Late Registration” postcard
passport with utility bill* U.S. military photo ID card with utility bill* U.S.
· If you are a student, you can use...
o Student ID, registration, or fee statement with your current address
o Student photo ID with utility bill*
o Student ID if you are on a student housing list on file at the polling place
- Someone who is registered in the precinct where you live who will vouch for your residence
There have been rumors for years that certain unsavory political operators shuttle voters to multiple precincts to abuse the system just this way. I have no idea whether or not that’s true. But under these laws, it wouldn’t be terribly hard to pull off.
For all the attention paid to registration problems in other states, does anyone know of a registration system more vulnerable than the one right here?