Six years ago today, Scott Johnson posted about Americans Coming Together attempted voter fraud. Here’s the heart of what Scott posted:

Among the well-funded and supposedly independent groups supporting John Kerry in the campaign is Americans Coming Together (ACT). ACT has taken notice of Minnesota’s special vulnerabilty to vote fraud and organized a sophisticated effort to exploit it in a manner that violates Minnesota law. In Minnesota the Bush campaign has come into the possession of the following email from ACT to its Minnesota volunteers:

Election Day is upon us. You are confirmed to volunteer with ACT (America Coming Together – on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 2.

We will be creating name badges that include your Ward and Precinct information for each of the thousands of volunteers that day to make it easier to find a volunteer to vouch for a voter at the polls.

I am emailing you to request your street address, city and zipcode. We’ve already got your other contact information, but your record in our database does not include this information.

You can save us time on election day by replying today to this email with this information, or give us a call at [phone number with St. Paul area code].

In order to get your badge correct, please reply by Thursday.

Thank you for your help and cooperation. See you on Election Day!
This email is a smoking gun of massive premeditated vote fraud. The ACT effort contemplates the prepositioning of registered voters as volunteers at their precincts of residence to provide the “vouching” necessary to get individuals registered to vote on election day in the precinct whether or not the volunteer “personally knows” the residence of the unregistered voter. It is a recipe for illegal voting in every precinct of the state.

That post is more pertinent today than it was then. The reason it’s more important now than then will take time to explain so bear with me.

As I wrote here, ACT was part of a huge progressive coalition involved in conducting voter registration drives on the front end and GOTV on the back end. ACT was obviously part of the back end operations. Other high profile organizations in this coalition included the NAACP, the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters and ACORN.

Meanwhile, another lower profile organization was involved too. The November 2 Project was involved in the GOTV side of things. Here’s what Minnesotans need to know about this corrupt enterprise:

Only a year old, National Voice hired gifted organizer Mark Ritchie, a veteran of international organizing on issues of global trade and justice. “I see November 2 as an outreach tool to drive people to the Web site where we can get them involved as a volunteer. I see the effort as unifying a theme and message that can tie together disparate GOTV efforts. Thirty thousand T-shirts are out the door, and bumper stickers and iron-ons. In essence, we are working to make it cool to vote and cool to get involved beyond just voting.” There has been a bus tour with a film crew that is gathering footage for public service announcements on television. “If you saw the Nike commercial during the NBA finals–that fabulous one with Lance Armstrong riding his bike and the fantastic views and warmth,” said Ritchie, smiling, “well, the same guy who did that one is doing our commercials.”

National Voice was the umbrella under which these other organizations fitted into. Clearly, organizations that were involved in the GOTV operation coordinated with the organizations that did the voter registration drive. Without that coordination, their efforts would’ve been shoddy at best.

As I recall, Democrats increased their vote total for president from just less than 51,000,000 votes in 2000 to just a little more than 59,000,000 votes in 2004, I’d call their operation a big success. That’s a 16 percent increase, something that is a major accomplishment.

There’s no arguing that ACT wanted to commit voter fraud. Why else would voters need their ward and precinct numbers and the name of their person who would vouch for the ‘volunteers’? If a person actually lived in the neighborhood, all it would take is to approach the neighbor and ask if they’d planned on voting. It doesn’t take an elaborate plan like what’s described in this email.

We also know that Mark Ritchie is all about increasing vote totals, not with election integrity.

This year, Dan Severson is running to restore election integrity. Follow this link to contribute to Dan’s campaign so election integrity can be restored. We need to eliminate the incompetence and corruption in the Secretary of State’s office ASAP.

Given Ritchie’s proclivity towards elections that don’t emphasize the rule of law, it’s important that we have someone who thinks that laws are meant to be obeyed.

That man isn’t Mark Ritchie.

Only Dan Severson fits that description.

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