Majority Leader Senjem calls Dayton Voter ID veto an ‘obstruction to democratic process’

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader David Senjem took a shot this morning at Gov. Mark Dayton, who 90 minutes earlier had symbolically vetoed the Voter ID bill.

Senjem called the veto “misleading” and “an obstruction to the democratic process.”

The governor’s ‘veto’ was ceremonial because proposed constitutional amendments passed by the Legislature go straight to a statewide ballot, regardless of what the governor does.

Senjem’s statement:

“Governor Dayton’s mock veto today of the Voter ID constitutional amendment is completely misleading and intervenes with a constitutional process allowed our citizens.  After the historic votes in the House and Senate, Minnesotans will now have the opportunity to weigh in on whether a photo ID should be required in order to vote.  The Governor’s action today misleads voters by suggesting the Governor has the authority to override the legislature’s right to place a question on the ballot.  Governor Dayton acted today as an obstruction to the democratic process by undermining this important legislative measure.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Pavey on 04/09/2012 - 12:20 pm.


    ob·struc·tion   [uhb-struhk-shuhn] Show IPA
    1. something that obstructs, blocks, or closes up with an obstacle or obstacles; obstacle or hindrance: obstructions to navigation.
    2. an act or instance of obstructing.
    3. the state of being obstructed.
    4. the delaying or preventing of business before a deliberative body, especially a legislative group, by parliamentary contrivances.

    How has Dayton’s veto done anything. It was a symbolic gesture letting people know that he is against this decision. Politics in this country/state are so divisive now that voiced dissent is frowned upon. Any sort of disagreement is considered wrong. Go do something useful Senjem instead of arguing for the sake of arguing.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 04/09/2012 - 01:03 pm.

    It is just like the veto the amendment will get in November

    It doesn’t make any sense to amendment the Minnesota constitution just to serve the republicans. The republican sky may be falling but it isn’t because of Voter ID problems. It is because they have the wrong answers and the voters know that. So when things aren’t going the republican way they want to modify the Minnesota Constitution in their favor. There isn’t any evidence of voter fraud that would justify the kind of expenditure this amendment would require. If you listen to the republicans you would think they are the small government and individual freedom party and yet nearly everything they proposed increases the size of the government and reduces individual freedoms. Their leader, Rush Limbaugh, recently said the republicans have to keep the “fear and anger” going and that is exactly what they are doing, perpetuating “fear and anger”. Notice Rush didn’t say a thing about facts, just “fear and anger”. Bad political judgment has to have consequences. November will be a good time to give the republicans the consequences they deserve for their bad judgment. The republicans have it all wrong they think we work for them. They work for us. It is time to make them work for all of us.

  3. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 04/09/2012 - 01:54 pm.


    The voter id amendment is an obstruction to lawful voting. I think Senjem better start worrying about all of Brodkorb’s lawsuits. If MN citizens are forced to pay any damages to him because of all the bizarre activities of the Senate Republicans, it should come out of their pockets and the treasury of their party.

  4. Submitted by Kenneth Kjer on 04/09/2012 - 04:46 pm.

    Voter ID

    I think the Republicans are obstructing the process. i have asked over 20 Republican legislators how this is going to work, and nobody bothered to tell me. I believe they are obligated to to explain in detail how it will work. How can people vote for something if they don’t have all the details. Unless they have more information than what is available to the voters, anyone with a MN DL could vote, including people who are not residents of the US. If Saddam Hussein was alive and had MN DL with his picture on it and MN address he could vote. Like I say they better put out more info I think the MN Attorney General needs to get a court injunction to stop it from going on the ballot.

  5. Submitted by Bob Petersen on 04/10/2012 - 08:10 am.

    When the Shoe is on the Other Foot

    Amending the State Constitution needs to be done carefully. But I wonder if those who are complaining about the GOP’s attempts to put to a vote directly by the people also complained about the Legacy funding by the DFL to circumvent Pawlenty. I bet they didn’t.

  6. Submitted by Connie Sullivan on 04/10/2012 - 02:06 pm.

    Forgive me. But the Legacy funding was voted in by Minnesotans. We voted to tax ourselves more, for the environment, water, land, animals, and arts and history (imagine!), in dedicated funds.

    That’s a whole lot different than having a referendum to put in the Constitution provisions that take rights away from people (the marriage thingy) or obstruct using our rights (the voter ID requirement).

    As for Mark Dayton’s mocking the GOP by symbolically “vetoing” a bill that does not require his yes or no: Way to go! Sock it to ’em! Laugh at them (and make the political point at the same time). The staff person who thought this up should get a raise. Or at least a better parking spot at the Capitol.

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