Supporters of voting rights won a victory today when a Federal judge ruled against a right-wing effort to end same-day registration. Unfortunately, there’s already another effort underway to end same-day registration, and it’s on the ballot this November.
First, the good news. A lawsuit against Mark Ritchie, Lori Swanson, and a host of county election officials was dismissed with prejudice today:
Judge Donovan W. Frank ruled against a collection of organizations, including Minnesota Voters Alliance and the Minnesota Freedom Council, seeking to end Minnesota’s long-standing system of Election Day registration. The federal court ruled that Election Day registration in Minnesota will stay in place for the November 2012 election.
The lawsuit gave us a clear look at the right-wing agenda for remaking our election system. They believe that voting is a privilege, not a right. They believe that too many people are voting, and they want to put a stop to it. That’s why they’re trying to end same-day registration and absentee balloting.
The lawsuit was always likely to be dismissed. But it was just the first strike in a much larger MNGOP effort to radically reshape our voting system. The real threat is the constitutional amendment that would end same-day registration and absentee balloting. The amendment would also institute a “voter ID” poll tax and force Minnesota to adopt provisional ballots.
Conservatives aren’t even trying to pretend anymore. With this lawsuit, they openly admitted that they want to end same-day voter registration. This November, we must stop them from taking away our right to vote.