Letter to the Editor: Candidate Opposes Council Stand on Voter ID

Roger Champagne takes exception to a resolution the St. Louis Park City Council passed urging residents to vote against the voter ID amendment.

Editor’s Note: , a candidate to represent Senate District 46 in the state Senate, submitted the following letter to the editor in response to urging residents to vote against the voter ID amendment.

The St. Louis Park City Council recently passed a resolution to urge the citizens in St Louis Park to vote against the voter ID amendment. The state House and Senate majority passed the voter I.D. amendment that puts it on the ballot this November. The polling shows that close to 70% of the citizens in Minnesota support the amendment. The St. Louis Park Council voted to publicly oppose the voter I.D. amendment that the majority of St. Louis Park residents support.

I am concerned with the Council’s decision, in using their position of power to try to persuade the public in this matter. The voter ID amendment would help voting integrity and furnish free I.D.to citizens who need one. There are about 20 million illegal immigrants in the United States, and having an ID to vote is a reasonable requirement.  We as citizens are required to show IDs for many things and this should be one of them.

I feel our senior citizens realize how important each vote is and will vote to protect the integrity of the voting process. The women in this country fought long and hard to have the right to vote and in this day and age, they would fight just as hard to protect the integrity in the voting process. I am Roger Champagne, a candidate for Senate District 46 in St. Louis Park. I urge the voters to reject this type of activism by the St Louis Park City Council and vote to protect voter integrity.

Roger Champagne


DobermanLady July 09, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Dave W., as the saying goes "You're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts." There is no evidence whatsoever to indicate that the Franken v. Coleman race was decided as a result of voter fraud. And to say that "Franken gave the 51st vote on Obamacare" is also incorrect since this ball passed the US Senate by a vote of 60-39. The facts are that voter fraud is almost non-existent in this country -- in fact, more people died from lightning strikes and believe in aliens than commit voter fraud. VOTER fraud is a myth perpetuated by Republicans to alienate and disenfranchise Democratic voters while Republicans commit ELECTION fraud -- like voter ID legislation -- to turn elections to their favor. Don't take my word for it . . . listen to the words of a Pennsylvanian Republican legislator Mike Turzai: "Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done." And for an understanding of how Republicans view voting, heed the words of Paul Weyrich, co-founder of The Heritage Foundation: "I don't want everybody to vote. . . . As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down."
DobermanLady July 12, 2012 at 04:42 PM
First off, Dave W., I think you should take a "chill pill." Then take a look at this: http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/policy_brief_on_the_truth_about_voter_fraud/
DobermanLady July 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Unlike the Heritage Foundation which is CLEARLY conservative, the Brennan Center for Justice is NOT liberal: THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE Our Mission The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution — part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group — the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector.
David July 15, 2012 at 04:58 AM
"Unlike the Heritage Foundation which is CLEARLY conservative, the Brennan Center for Justice is NOT liberal:" LOLOL Hilarious. The Brennan Center is just one more liberal think tank funded by George Soros. To claim that it is not liberal is to be willfully ignorant of the facts on the ground. If the Heritage Foundation is conservative, the Brennan Center is progressive liberal. "The Brennan Center for Justice, part of New York University School of Law, is named for the late Supreme Court justice William Brennan -- father of the "living" Constitution. The organization is headed by Michael Waldman. Name ring a bell? According to his bio at the Brennan website, Waldman did a bit of work for Bill Clinton back when Clinton was president. In fact, Waldman was "responsible for writing or editing nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union and two inaugural addresses." Can you imagine a think tank run by someone who wrote that many speeches for George W. Bush -- that many major speeches -- being described on MSNBC as "non partisan"? The chances of this, to put it charitably, are nil. Instead, you'd hear it derided as "radical." http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2012/06/15/ezra-klein-describes-soros-funded-brennan-center-non-partisan http://www.capitalresearch.org/2012/05/voter-fraud-and-the-2012-election-the-advancement-project/
DobermanLady August 10, 2012 at 03:54 PM
So, Dave, sorry I've been away for so long. But tell me how THIS is fair. This is a clear case of ELECTION FRAUD which is SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE than perceived VOTER FRAUD! http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/09/1118341/-Ohio-sets-up-one-early-voting-system-for-Republican-counties-another-for-Democratic-counties


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