Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has asked prosecutors to investigate a call to a St. Paul man that he calls alleged voter intimidation. The caller said he was working on behalf of Minnesota Majority, a right-wing group previously run by former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.
Watch the video of his news conference below.
According to the Associated Press:
Ritchie says Larry Johnson of St. Paul got a call from a woman who claimed to be working with the secretary of state's office on voter fraud. She had questions about his voting record.
Johnson signed an affidavit saying the woman later told him she was working with Jeff Davis, the head of a conservative group, Minnesota Majority, that has been questioning the integrity of Minnesota's voter rolls.
Davis didn't immediately return a phone message.
Ritchie says he has forwarded the case to the Ramsey County and U.S. attorneys.
He is urging voters to report any such calls to his office.
Minnesota Independent posted the affidavit.
Davis, the organization's president, posted this statement on their site:
"We understand Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has claimed that representatives from Minnesota Majority have been involved in voter intimidation activities. Minnesota Majority has been conducting research into what appear to be inconsistencies in Minnesota's voter rolls. Voters with apparent duplicate registration records have been contacted by Minnesota Majority volunteers with a simple request to confirm the accuracy of their voter registration information. We believe these research activities to be in complete compliance with all state and federal laws. We feel these false allegations are designed to simply deflect attention away from further scrutiny of what appear to be serious irregularities with Minnesota voter registration records. Minnesota Majority is a grassroots watchdog group. It is groups like ours that help keep an eye on what is transpiring in our state government. Our sole objective has been to help ensure transparency and fairness in our state government and our election process. We challenge Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to produce the evidence which substantiates these serious allegations."
Interesting. They don't seem to be denying the phone call or what the call was for. We look forward to hearing a final verdict on the calls they are making. Hopefully more people come forward with similar stories.
Here is what the SOS office recommends Minnesotans do if they receive similar calls:
We want to let all Minnesotans know that if you or anyone in your family receives a phone call from any individual claiming to be working with or associated with the Office of the Secretary of State, politely get their name and phone number and then hang-up and immediately contact our office at 1-877-600-8683