Federal Judge Dismisses Right-Wing Challenge to Election Day Registration in Minnesota

But Election Day Registration still at risk because of proposed Photo ID ballot measure…

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank dismissed an amended complaint seeking to end Election Day Registration in Minnesota, as filed by a number of right-wing organizations in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Ritchie.

In his 22-page Memorandum of Opinion and Order [PDF], Judge Frank rejected the plaintiffs central claim that MN Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and other election officials “violated the rights of eligible voters by diluting their votes with the votes of EDRs [Election Day Registered voters].”

Plaintiffs claims, the court stated, were “based on the erroneous premise that election officials must verify voters’ eligibility before their votes are counted.” Citing appellate authority, the court noted that “flawless elections are not constitutionally guaranteed” and that the plaintiffs had failed to allege facts that would establish that state election officials “engaged in invidious discrimination or intentional misconduct.”

As we previously reported, because MN offers EDR and one of the nation’s most liberal voter identification systems, the Land of 10,000 Lakes possesses one of the highest records of voter participation in the nation. It ranked first in the nation during the 2008 Presidential Election and second during the 2010 midterms — a record that is anathema to the goals of anti-voting groups, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The corporate lobbying group ALEC has long been a central force in the Rightwing push for disenfranchising polling place Photo ID restrictions and other efforts to help suppress the vote.

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