4/1/11 : MN FINGERPRINT VOTER ID

Indiana has lead the way in confronting the challenges of voter fraud and government waste in school lunch programs but Minnesota could enact legislation this session to address both problems with a single Fingerprint Voter ID.

Indiana addressed the issue of voter fraud as the governmental advocate when the U.S. Supreme Court declared in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board that states may require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls in order to cast a ballot.

Indiana is taking steps to address fraud and abuse in public schools school lunch programs. School lunches are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (as much as $1.50 a day) and depending on parent income levels, some students also qualify for free and reduced-price lunches. The current system is plagued by stolen and lost identification cards resulting slow lunch lines.
The Indiana solution relies on Fingerprint Identification. In November, the Northwest Allen County Schools board voted to spend $30,000 from its food service fund to pay for the identification system. The scanners, supplied by a biometric identification company called identiMetrics, recognize unique points on a fingerprint. Those points are turned into numbers, which are encrypted and turned into an identification number tied to lunch accounts. A simple finger scan and lunch is paid for.
Chris Todd, a parent of three children in the district, said he had no objection to the program. “From the student’s perspective, I would think it would be cool because you wouldn’t have to remember your card,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. If parents have a strong opinion, then that’s their right and they don’t have to participate.

In Minnesota, the legislature is considering a few bills. For example, HF 89 would require Voter picture identification before receiving a ballot while HF 210 requires new “electronic poll book” technology in addition to the picture ID.

Some contend that with Minnesota’s fiscal crisis that this is an unwise expenditure of taxpayer monies. After all, last fall, the Minnesota County Attorneys Association called allegations of voter fraud in Minnesota “frivolous” and stated that only 26 people had been convicted of voting as a felon in the last two years, a miniscule percent of the 2.9 million votes cast in the election.

But there are other concerns. The picture identification card is subject to being lost … forgery is a potential … and as people age, there physical characteristics may change … plus the long lines at the polling stations while “examiners” evaluate the photo id.

The obvious solution is the Fingerprint Voter Identification system.

Tom Delay of Patriotic Solutions for Winning the Future calls FVI the only solution, stating : “For one thing every illegal alien I’ve ever met has several pieces of ID. The 9/11 hijackers had driver’s licenses, what makes you think they wouldn’t vote if they could ? Convicted felons get driver’s licenses, they will vote. More important, how does an election judge determine if an ID is valid? The legislation will require that “…the voter’s identity can be verified from the proof presented.” This verification will be arbitrary and capricious. Hairstyling, contact lenses, makeup and Botox make photo IDs almost worthless. I believe that the integrity of the ballot box will be compromised if the legislature passes these ineffective bills which provide false assurance to the voters that only legitimate voters participated. With Fingerprint Voter Identification, your finger scan provides a quick approval and access to a ballot.”

Mr. Delay went on to advocate for the KB6000 scanner and vote-counting machine as the best machine on the market as it combines two functions into one. The KB6000 is produced at the Koch Brothers Manufacturing Corporation in Walkersville Wisconsin. The machine reads your finger and pre-prints a completed ballot for you. Republican candidates like this feature since they know that not only will the counts be accurate but the results announced as soon as the polls close … no delay. Mr. Delay indicated since the KB6000 wants to penetrate the Minnesota market, they would be willing to provide machines for Hennepin and Ramsey counties at no charge.

The concept of Fingerprint Voter Identification is getting support from at least one group.
The Enforcement of Deadbeat Dads and Moms Organization has embraced this legislation as a tool that can be used to arrest delinquent parents for failing to maintain court-ordered child support … before they leave the polling place.
Additionally, although the Minnesota Department of Revenue has not offered a public comment, considering the state’s financial situation, the ability to collect monies for delinquent property taxes and income taxes when the voter enters the polling place would be considered an opportunity not to be missed.

Today is APRIL 1st and the Minnesota Legislature would be FOOLS not to enact FVI. Let’s reject HF 89 and 210 as REAL ID is just a finger scan away.
Fingerprint Voter Identification is not about voter supression … as Mr. Todd said, “It’s cool” and if you don’t like it that’s “their right and they don’t have to participate” … and that’s just fine with the good folks at Patriotic Solutions for Winning the Future and the makers of the KB6000.

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