Vicki Voldal Rosenau, Valley City, N.D., Published April 14 2013
Bill destroys election integrityI do not believe what Rep. Jim Kasper, R-Fargo, wrote in “Election integrity at stake,” published in the April 7 Forum, and I don’t even believe that Kasper believes the words he wrote. He knows the real intent behind the legislation in question.
Far from upholding election integrity, the only purpose of his proposed “voter ID bill” (HB 1332) is to strategically suppress voter turnout among targeted population groups that historically cast more votes for Democrats than for Republicans.
It’s a shameful, profoundly un-American scheme to skew future election results in North Dakota.
Along with a handful of other election-manipulation bills, it aims to further tighten the stranglehold that right-wing Republican corporatists currently impose on the no-longer-democratic legislative process in Bismarck.
Truth is, the state’s two top election experts – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir – have both publicly and repeatedly stated that there is virtually no voter fraud in North Dakota, so the proposed changes are not needed. Specifically, Jaeger said, “In my 20 years as secretary of state, we’ve only had one or two or three cases of what we’d consider fraud.”
All the vote-suppressing bills should be rejected.
And the companion move to silence citizen dissent by making it extremely difficult for North Dakotans to refer bad laws and initiate corrective measures via the ballot (HCR 3011) should be rejected.
Kasper can be believed on one thing: Election integrity is at stake.
And his bills would destroy it.