During the argument about whether there was substantial illegal felon voting, the DFL has said that no proof exists of significant felon voting. Jeff McGrath’s op-ed refutes the DFL’s spin:

Uninformed commentators say there is no credible evidence of voting by felons and suggest that Minnesota Majority’s report is baseless. Anyone who has actually read the report would know this is just plain wrong. So did [Nick] Coleman neglect to do his research, or is he being disingenuous? To date, 33 people have been charged and 19 convicted. County attorneys have acknowledged that they are still investigating hundreds of cases.

If attorneys admit that they’re “still investigating hundreds of cases”, then the DFL’s argument that Minnesota didn’t experience substantial voter fraud is spin, not fact.

The voter history file Minnesota Majority used to do its analysis was not compiled until late April 2009, six months after the election, even though state law requires this file to be completely updated within six weeks of an election. Norm Coleman’s team could not have detected felon voter fraud because the data was not available at the time of the recount.

The DFL keeps saying that there couldn’t have been voter fraud because the judges found for Al Franken. Again, that’s spin, not fact. All that the judges’ ruling means is that they didn’t agree with Sen. Coleman’s attorneys’ arguments. Had Sen. Coleman’s attorneys had this information in January, 2009, I suspect that the case might’ve turned out differently.

Minnesota Majority isn’t just about investigating voting irregularities. They’re also into asking questions like this:

There is trouble in Minnesota’s election system besides ineligible felons, and much of it is being swept under the rug. Trying to lift that rug and expose the dirt has gotten the people who swept it there into a tizzy, but consider this: If it took 18 months to discover fraud by felons, of which there is a list that can be easily checked against voter histories, how much confidence should we have that other types of voter fraud would ever be detected at all?

This isn’t just about felons voting, though that’s important. It’s also about tightening up a system that’s out of date. Here’s something that needs reforming:

As it is, the 19 people who have been convicted in Ramsey County so far have been penalized with the equivalent of a parking ticket: After being arrested and spending part of a day in jail, they’ve all been released with a $50 fine by Ramsey County judges.

If anything screams for stiff mandatory sentencing, this fits the profile. People committing voter fraud shouldn’t be fined $50 and sent home in the afternoon. They should be given a harsh sentence, preferably 10-15 years, with lifetime parole. They should never be eligible to vote again.

The DFL would have us believe that Minnesota’s election system is airtight, that the system functions beautifully and should be left alone. That’s spin, not fact. The information in Dan McGrath’s op-ed is proof that Minnesota’s election operations is anything but airtight.

Finally, it’s quite a statement that our chief election officer, Mark Ritchie, didn’t spot these problems. Mr. Ritchie should be ashamed that an outside interest group, not his office, found these glaring weaknesses.

It shouldn’t take a Minnesota Majority to contact the FBI to start an investigation into felon voter fraud:

Since the DOJ in Washington DC failed to follow up on Davis’ complaint, Minnesota Majority contacted the local FBI office and lodged the same complaint. Special Agent Brian Kinney responded and visited the Minnesota Majority office to examine Minnesota Majority’s findings. At that time, he said, “based on what I see here there is more than enough evidence to initiate an internal complaint.” He gave his assurances that he would bring the matter to the attention of his supervisors. There was no further follow-up.

If forced to pick between the DFL’s spin or FBI Special Agent Kinney’s statements to Minnesota Majority, I’ll pick FBI Special Agent Kinney’s statements every time.

With out election operation badly in need of repair, we can’t afford a SecState who’s turned a blind eye to Minnesota’s election problems. We need a solutions-oriented SecState, not a corrupt ACORN-endorsed politician.

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4 Responses to “Hard Data vs. DFL Spin”

  • J. Ewing says:

    If we want to do an investigation, I would suggest we send somebody looking for evidence that SOS Ritchie did absolutely ANYTHING, including the required and customary duties of his office, to AVOID voter fraud in any way. All the evidence I’ve seen is that he deliberately (or possibly through incredible–as in unbelievable– incompetence) PROMOTED voter fraud, and continues to do so.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Jerry, It isn’t worth the time. Let’s just defeat him this November & rid ourselves of his nightmarish time in office.

  • J. Ewing says:

    That comment was at least partly tongue in cheek :-^ as you might have guessed. But I want him defeated, and the more evidence we have of either criminality or utter incompetence we have the easier it might be. Especially since we have to overcome the fraud he has created to do it!

    BTW, have you ever noticed that Democrats caught in the most obvious shenanigans, faced with accusing questions as to their criminality or incompetence, pick incompetence every time?

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