On the ’08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.
Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.
During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.
Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted — not just accused, but convicted — of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial. “The numbers aren’t greater,” the authors say, “because the standard for convicting someone of voter fraud in Minnesota is that they must have been both ineligible, and ‘knowingly’ voted unlawfully.” The accused can get off by claiming not to have known they did anything wrong.
Still, that’s a total of 243 people either convicted of voter fraud or awaiting trial in an election that was decided by 312 votes. With 1,099 examples identified by Minnesota Majority, and with evidence suggesting that felons, when they do vote, strongly favor Democrats, it doesn’t require a leap to suggest there might one day be proof that Al Franken was elected on the strength of voter fraud.
And that’s just the question of voting by felons. Minnesota Majority also found all sorts of other irregularities that cast further doubt on the Senate results.
The election was particularly important because Franken’s victory gave Senate Democrats a 60th vote in favor of President Obama’s national health care proposal — the deciding vote to overcome a Republican filibuster. If Coleman had kept his seat, there would have been no 60th vote, and no Obamacare.
Al Franken. It still reflects poorly on the citizens of Minn. We knew then there was something fishy with the recounts.
Dems keep saying there is no voter fraud. We know 99.99% of all voter and registration fraud is committed by Democrats and is helped by union drone members.
I saw Robert Gibbs, the former WH press secretary on TV yesterday (in response to what Obama is spending all his campaign money on) saying they’ve spent a lot of money in Ohio early on, going door-to-door, registering and setting up voters for Nov.
Why did Obama and Holder file suit against Ohio to stop their early military voting? I understand dozens of states have the same law, but Obama only went after Ohio.
Voter Fraud — They are good ‘ole Chicago values! Vote early, and vote often! If you can’t beat ’em, cheat ’em!
I suspect if one was to carefully monitor this election you’d see a pretty good turnout of dead, pet, child, and illegal votes. I put nothing past this regime and its flying Marxist monkeys.
Of course voter ID requirements will “suppress” participation by certain groups and of course acquiring photo ID’s does pose an undue burden on some people. If you register to vote in the precinct in which you live it is no burden at all to get a photo ID but if you are registered numerous times under multiple names, residing at several addresses in multiple precincts then the burden of obtaining ALL of those ID’s under all of those names and keeping it all straight is an absolute violation of your right to vote ten or fifteen times like you have in every election since the folks at ACORN showed you how to do it and get away with it. See how racist voter ID laws are? Why do you think they run Republican poll watchers off? So we don’t see people turning in their ballots and getting back in line!