As late as August, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted that Franken won his seat by just 312 votes in an election in which 1,099 felons voted. That fact alone should have caused the electorate to demand measures to give the electoral process integrity.
But Minnesota is doing the exact opposite according to Minnesota Majority, which is a non-profit founded “to promote traditional values in state and federal public policy through grassroots activism on the part of its members,” according to its website.
In its Wednesday meeting, the Minnesota Senate elections committee transformed a two-page bill designed to regulate poll-challengers into a 66-page election reform bill that Minnesota Majority calls a “Voter Fraud Expansion Bill.” And it managed to do all this within 30 minutes.
A few of the bill’s highlights include:
The bill would allow early voters to be “vouched” for, enabling a single fraudster to vote under multiple false identities for weeks on end.
Early voters will be allowed to cast live, immediately accepted and tabulated ballots before their identity and eligibility is verified. Early voters can use vouching, so they can really amplify the notion of “vote early, vote often,” over and over again for weeks on end.
Reduction in the number of partisan “poll challengers,” the observers appointed by all major political parties to observe voting in polling places whose job is to challenge suspected ineligible voters – it also severely restricts the abilities and authority of poll challengers.
Reduces the penalties for fraudulently registering to vote
Reduces the penalties for causing others to be intentionally registered to vote fraudulently (from a felony to a misdemeanor) – for example, a person who registers a mentally incapacitated person to vote, who is not eligible to vote would be guilty of a misdemeanor, instead of the felony charge under current law.
Removes the absolute requirement for county attorneys to investigate and (upon finding probable cause) to prosecute voter fraud allegations.
Minnesota voters defeated a constitutional amendment that would have required photo ID as a condition for voting. By so doing, the state took its first step to remove integrity from the ballot box.The Minnesota Senate now appears to be completing that process.
As a result, I’m sure that it can look forward to at least another six years of Al Franken.
Read more at Minnesota Majority.