Now that the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed constitutional amendment calling for voters to present ID at the polls on the November ballot, groups for and against it are ramping up their campaigns to win voters. Supporters of the proposed requirement point to public opinion surveys that have consistently shown it has strong support. Opponents are trying to convince voters it could disenfranchise some Minnesotans and that there is scant evidence of voter fraud. One visible reminder of the amendment battle already underway is a simple billboard along Interstate 94 near Albertville, Minn., with a stunning proclamation: Minnesota is “number one” for voter fraud. But that message is simply not true, said Joe Mansky, elections director for Ramsey County.
“I think the proposition that Minnesota leads the country in voter fraud is laughable,” Manksy said. “If anything, we lead the country in successful prosecutions.” But Dan McGrath, chairman of the pro-amendment effort called Protect My Vote, stands by the billboard’s claim. He points to roughly 200 ineligible voting convictions stemming from the 2008 election.