Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath on voter ID failure: "Voter fraud likely played a role"
Had his amendment passed, we doubt McGrath would be crying "voter fraud!"
Minnesota Majority, the main organization pushing the voter ID amendment that was defeated earlier this month, has never been able to cite a case of voter fraud voter ID would've prevented. But that uncomfortable fact isn't stopping Minnesota Majority executive director Dan McGrath from citing voter fraud as one of the main reasons the amendment was supported by only 46 percent of voters.
In a post published on the conservative True North blog, McGrath tackles the question of "Why Voter ID Failed." His answers? Money, misinformation, and the thing that gives him night sweats -- voter fraud.
From McGrath's post (emphasis mine):
Ultimately, money was the principle factor in the defeat of the Voter ID amendment. Initial post-election research now being conducted by Minnesota Majority indicates that voter fraud likely played a role, but voter fraud is only effective in a close election. It shouldn't have even been close. Despite the defeat of the constitutional amendment, the people of Minnesota clearly support requiring photo ID to vote, but were misled to believe that the constitutional amendment was an egregious way to accomplish it. With adequate resources to counter the lies and scare tactics of the opposition, Voter ID could have been ratified handily.
Despite what McGrath says, the vote wasn't that close. More than 177,000 additional yes votes were needed to hit the 50 percent threshold. In order words, unless the number of fraudulent votes cast roughly equals the populations of Duluth and Bloomington combined, voter fraud was far from a decisive factor.
In his post, McGrath repeatedly cites "misinformation" as another reason the voter ID amendment went down, but at no point does he cite even one specific example of a false claim made by amendment opponents. On the other side of the spectrum, electoral experts are in wide agreement -- voter ID is a solution in search of a problem.
But as the Minnesota Progressive Project's Jeff Rosenberg writes, McGrath's latest preposterous statements are par for the course:
I guess I shouldn't be surprised. McGrath has been seeing the Voter Fraud boogieman everywhere for years; it's only natural that he should see his amendment's defeat as further vindication of his paranoia. And I suppose there's just as much evidence behind this charge as any of his previous allegations.
McGrath and his compatriots will probably continue to make the circular argument that voter ID lost because of fraud, but they can't prove it without voter ID. But judging from the election results, which were not close, nobody buys the argument.
As the leader of the main organization pushing the amendment, McGrath admits he "must assume blame" for voter ID's defeat. But McGrath's says the fight has just begun -- "Riding high on the defeat of Voter ID, election integriity [sic] foes are already laying plans to erode the integrity of Minnesota's election system even further," he writes.
"Election integrity foes"? Strong words coming from a guy who has spent five years using dishonest arguments to push a constitutional amendment that would be about as beneficial as a third wheel on my bike.
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