MNGOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer blames voter ID failure on "misinformation"

Categories: Voter ID
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We're sure Dayton is chomping on the bit to work with Kiffmeyer on a voter ID bill. *sarcasm font*
Electoral experts are in wide agreement -- voter ID is a solution in search of a problem. Yet MNGOPers who rammed the ID constitutional amendment down our throats portrayed voter fraud as an almost existential threat to our democracy.

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So it's particularly rich to read MNGOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer's rationale for why the amendment failed. She blames it on "the misinformation about it" from opponents, the Star Tribune reports.

You might remember Kiffmeyer from when she made headlines for accusing decorated war veteran and fellow Republican Rep. John Kriesel of having "no courage" after he decided not to run for another term in office. She was the ID amendment's chief sponsor and last night easily won election to an open Minnesota Senate seat.

She also still thinks Minnesotans want voter ID, despite the fact just 46.4 voted in favor of it yesterday. From the Strib:
[Kiffmeyer] noted that the overriding message from opponents was not to kill the idea, but to "send it back" to the Legislature to allow them to re-work it. That is what she intends to do next year, she said, and she planned to reach out to Dayton on Wednesday to begin the search for common ground.

"What opponents said, it's too expensive, it shouldn't be a constitutional amendment," Kiffmeyer said. "So what I plan to do is take the governor at his word ... let's follow through with what you said. Let's work together in the Legislative area, address any concerns that the governor might have, and put together a bill that I believe accomplishes what people want."...

Kiffmeyer said she does not believe the amendment failed because voters oppose a photo ID requirement. "The campaign to vote no was not about the concept of a voter ID itself," she said, but rather about costs, exceptions and other concerns.

"The big thing here is, people do support photo ID," she said.
Yeah Mary, we're sure Gov. Dayton, working with new majorities in both the House and Senate, will be real eager to sign a voter ID bill when the legislature reconvenes!


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green23
green23 topcommenter

Just more evidence that the MNGOP squandered all of their political capital from the 2010 election.

 

After swearing that a billion could be cut from the budget without anyone noticing, they instead spent *more* than the previous year because the cuts were too painful for many *Republicans* to swallow.

 

The two Amendments were supposed to be the MNGOP's way of "making it up" to their base. Instead, the base got nothing.

 

After the 2010 elections, the evangelicals staged what was essentially a putsch and took over the State Party apparatus. They failed to put any money into the organisation, though, and left it ripe for the Ron Paul faction to take over the derelict ruins that once resembled an actual political Party. With Bills' spectacular failure, it seems unlikely that these latest squatters will put anything resembling money, credibility, or accountability into the MNGOP.

 

With Kiffmeyer operating as one of the MNGOP "brain trust", the Party has run into a demographic and ideological cul-de-sac.

PalasAthena
PalasAthena

She is one of those of the far right who sees boogeymen behind every bush and hear conspiracy theories as they dance in their heads.

womanphoenix
womanphoenix

For more of Mary Kiffmeyer's adversarial history towards certain groups of legal voters, go here:

my.firedoglake.com/phoenix/2012/02/07/gops-war-on-voting-minnesota-edition-the-twelve-ways-of-alecs-kiffmeyer-to-disenfranchise-us/

theoko
theoko

And I blame Mary Kiffmeyer's cognitive dissonance on denial of reality.  Does the train of demented freaks in the GOP ever end???

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

No, Mary...the 40 something percent that voted in favor of it were misinformed and we are working hard to undo all of your bullshit. Oh, by the way...FUCK YOU very much for bringing this extremely non-issue to light so that we could waste time on it.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

They'll work together just fine. Minnesota said NO VOTER ID BILL. Lets move on now. It's not a matter of "not working together" when you have one party ramming one piece of legislation down people's throats again, and again, and again, and again, when the people of Minnesota made their voices perfectly clear.

Andy Gillund
Andy Gillund

Good to see the dems are gonna start that working together thing they keep touting.

womanphoenix
womanphoenix

 @theoko She's the point woman for ALEC in Minnesota, and voter suppression model bills, packaged as alleged anti-fraud measures, are ALEC's most notorious product.

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