Minnesota Majority uncovers evidence of voter impersonation, claims ACLU's $1,000 bounty

Last month, the ACLU of Minnesota announced they'd give $1,000 to anyone who could produce proof of a voter impersonation conviction from the last decade.

The idea, of course, was to illustrate the pointlessness of the Minnesota Majority-led Voter ID amendment drive, which would require all state voters to provide photo identification at the polls come election time.

At the time, the ACLU expressed confidence that nobody would be able to collect their bounty, but today, Minnesota Majority announced that it has uncovered evidence of a voter impersonation conviction from 2008.

Dan McGrath, Minnesota Majority executive director, told CBS his group will present the ACLU with court documents "that clearly show a charged case of one voter fraudulently voting in the name of another in the 2008 election."

The case involves an Andover resident who voted once in person using her own name, but also completed a forged absentee ballot under a variation of her daughter's name. The daughter, away at college at the time, also voted in another precinct. Election officials noted the duplicate vote and contacted the daughter, who confirmed that her absentee vote was forged. The mother eventually admitted to voter fraud and was charged with three felonies, but was only sentenced to temporary probation and ordered to repay the costs of her prosecution.

Minnesota Majority plans to use their $1,000 windfall for the Vote Yes for Voter ID campaign. Said McGrath:

McGrath plans to take the ACLU's bounty and use it against them.
McGrath plans to take the ACLU's bounty and use it against them.
The moral of the story is, that if you look for voter fraud in Minnesota, you'll find it. This is a clear-cut case of voter impersonation. It's unusual that it was caught, because ordinarily there's no connection to be made between a false identity and the actual voter. In this case, there was a connection to be made.

Chuck Samuelson, ACLU of Minnesota executive director, said he'll review Minnesota Majority's findings and get back to them about the claim on April 5.

One case of voter impersonation is certainly more of a molehill than a mountain. After all, even in this day and age of razor-thin election margins, no statewide contests are that close. Still, Minnesota Majority must feel good about possibly being able to collect the ACLU's bounty, especially when the $1,000 will go toward stifling the anti-voter ID cause so near and dear to the civil liberty union's heart.

Related coverage:
-- Minnesota ACLU places $1,000 bounty on voter-impersonatin' "rascals"
-- Minnesota Majority scrubs race-baiting imagery from website
-- Minnesota Majority, pro-voter ID group, blasted for using race-baiting imagery
-- Keith Ellison on voter ID approval: "Today is a sad day for democracy"

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