Robert Knight

At the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 17, the ACLU argued that Gopher State people aren’t smart enough to be allowed to vote in November on whether to approve a voter photo ID constitutional amendment.

The group, which has sued to halt anti-vote-fraud measures in several other states, didn’t actually say that Minnesotans lack the brainpower to contend with tighter voter ID standards. The ACLU argued instead that the amendment language is too vague and the ballot wording is too simple.

The upshot is that Minnesotans, like hapless minorities who the ACLU says are incapable of obtaining IDs, apparently are too clueless to be trusted with deciding this issue.

Meanwhile, over in Michigan, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed bills sponsored by his own party, H.B. 5061 and S.B. 803, which would have required proof of U.S. citizenship to receive a ballot and a photo ID to obtain an absentee ballot. Snyder said he thought they would confuse voters, who apparently are suffering from the same defective reasoning ability as their Midwest neighbors.

Mr. Snyder did sign several other bills aimed at adding “appropriate safeguards” to the election process, but also vetoed a bill to require training people who conduct voter registration because, he said, it would confuse current efforts. Whatever his reasoning, Mr. Snyder’s actions are precious gifts to Democrats, who loudly – and falsely – allege that voter ID anti-fraud laws suppress minority voting.

A Republican legislature in Minnesota passed a photo ID law in 2011 in the wake of the contested 2008 election of Democrat U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who defeated incumbent Republican Norm Coleman by 312 votes after a series of recounts that included newly “found” ballots, some of them from a car trunk. Mr. Franken, you might recall, provided the necessary 60th vote in the U.S. Senate to pass ObamaCare.

An 18-month audit by Minnesota Majority reported by Fox News in 2010 revealed that “at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race,” plus other rampant irregularities.

The ACLU, incidentally, is working in a number of states to restore voting privileges to released convicts. Do I need to mention that convicted criminals have an affinity for a particular party’s candidates?

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.