Minnesota Capitol Building at Night

Amendment Waters Down Newman’s Voter ID Bill

Although lacking eligibility verification, as introduced, Senator Newman‘s new voter ID bill was a step forward for improved integrity in Minnesota’s porous election system. Unfortunately, an author’s amendment adopted in the Senate Elections Committee takes it at least half a step back. As amended, the bill eliminates vouching, but now replaces it with something potentially even less secure. Vouching, at

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MN Voter Registration

Landlords Won’t be Forced to do Voter Registration Drives

The Minnesota Voters Alliance has once again prevailed in court, undoing new, unconstitutional ordinances in Minneapolis and St. Paul that required landlords to provide voter registration for their tenants. The overturned ordinances are part of a disturbing trend of political organizations getting government to do their work for them. Voter registration drives are typically activities carried on by political parties

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Voter ID Bill introduced in MN Senate

New Voter ID Bill Introduced in MN Senate

Senator Scott Newman (R – District 18) is the chief author of an elections bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate Today. SF3571, which will eliminate voter vouching and require photo identification to vote is coauthored by former secretary of state, Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R – 30) and Senators Utke (R- 2), Jasinski (R – 24) and Pratt (R – 55).

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Dan McGrath with a stack of voter fraud evidence

City Pages lies, but my Research Speaks for Itself

An article by Susan Du, with the cumbersome title “A Shadowy League of Vigilantes is Trying to Choke Access to Minnesota’s Polls” recently appeared in City Pages. I’m supposed to be one of those shadowy ne’er-do-wells, but that tabloid isn’t exactly known for objective journalism. Normally, I’d not give an article packed full of lies and dragging my name around

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Secretary Simon and Attorney General Ellison - The Assault on Election Integrity

The Assault on Election Integrity

| Simon and Ellison Chip Away at Election Safeguards | Minnesota’s chiefs of elections and law enforcement are of one mind when it comes to transforming the state’s election system. Loosening election standards and obfuscating public election data appear to be the main agenda of Secretary of State Steve Simon and Attorney General Keith Ellison. After refusing to offer the

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Prison bars

SoS, AG Won’t Defend State’s Law Against Felon Voting

The American Civil Liberties Union wants the worst class of criminals to have more influence over our society. Their aim has long been to provide voting rights to convicted felons who are still under supervision for their crimes, despite the state Constitution’s proscription. The ACLU has been unsuccessfully lobbying the state legislature for several sessions to bring felon voting to

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Convicted felons

Should Felons Govern the Law-Abiding?

Should people still serving a sentence for felony crimes be electing our judges, sheriffs, prosecutors and lawmakers? The American Civil Liberties Union thinks so and aims to circumvent Minnesota’s law and Constitution with a lawsuit filed last month. The ACLU is asking the court to grant voting rights to violent, corrupt or potentially dangerous criminals who are still serving time

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Felon in Handcuffs

Non-Citizen Charged with 13 Counts Absentee Voter Fraud

22-year-old non-citizen Abdihakim Amin Essa of Minneapolis has been charged with 13 counts of felony voter fraud occurring ahead of the 2018 elections. He was alleged to falsify at least 13 absentee ballots on behalf of other people and himself. Essa claims to be employed by a candidate’s campaign committee, but Hennepin County prosecutors have so-far declined to reveal the

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MN Supreme Court Chamber

Supreme Court to Hear Voter Data Case on Election Day

The Minnesota Supreme Court has set a (public) hearing date for oral arguments in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Secretary of State Steve Simon:  Tuesday, November 5 (Election Day), 2019, at 9:00 AM, in the 2nd floor courtroom at the State Capitol Building, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155. MVA v. Simon is a landmark

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What is the Secretary of State Hiding?

Calling the secretary of state’s position “untenable,” Ramsey County judge Frisch granted summary judgement to the Minnesota Voters Alliance in its Data Practices Act lawsuit and ordered the immediate release of public election data. A year later, the fight continues. After a three-judge court of appeals panel unanimously rejected the secretary’s appeal, the landmark case is moving through the Minnesota

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