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