Minnesota Majority wants you to follow buses leaving polling places on election day

This Minneapolis bus stop ad is brought to you by Minnesota Majority's Election Integrity Watch.
This Minneapolis bus stop ad is brought to you by Minnesota Majority's Election Integrity Watch.
Michael-Carlos Mitchell (@stmichael36)

In the fall of 2010, Minnesota Majority, the state's leading pro-voter ID group, created the Election Integrity Watch. As a press release published at the time noted, Election Watch "is a program designed to engage voters across the state to be vigilant, watching for and reporting on election fraud."

-- Mike Freeman on GOPers making Franken-Coleman voter fraud allegations: "They are just liars"
-- Majority of MN college students favor voter ID amendment that could disenfranchise 70 percent of them
-- New York Times on MN voter ID amendment: Solution to a "virtually non-existent problem"

But how vigilant is too vigilant? In an email recently sent to subscribers entitled, "What to Watch: Here are some of examples of activities things that may indicate an occurrence of voter fraud," Election Watch asks supporters to pay attention to "Buses arriving at the polling place," asking them to "photograph or video the bus and follow if possible."

The Minnesota Progressive Project's Jeff Rosenberg argues that asking voter fraud neurotics to 'photograph and follow' buses goes way too far:

First of all, there's absolutely nothing wrong with people being bused to polling places. Seniors in assisted-living facilities, for example, may do this if they don't have a polling place in their building.

More importantly, they're asking their volunteers to photograph and videotape buses arriving at polling places, and then follow the bus afterwards. Nothing says "election integrity" like intimidation, harassment, and stalking!

Here's more from Election Watch's list of 'things that may indicate voter fraud':

-- Multiple people being vouched for (does the voucher know the person?) A person who was vouched for cannot vouch for other voters.

-- Election Day Registrations completed with ID's bearing visa expiration dates / "status check" - this indicates the person is not a citizen.

-- People with more than one ballot.

-- Voter harassment/intimidation - Harassing, impeding or intimidating voters is illegal. Be on the lookout for people standing in front of polling place entrances. Except for officially authorized people, it is illegal to linger within 100 feet of a polling place.

-- People getting assistance voting - are they voting for themselves, or is the helper telling them how to vote?

-- Assisted Living Facilities - Did the resident request an absentee ballot? It's illegal to give an absentee ballot to someone who did not request one in advance. It is illegal for someone to tell residents how to vote or to vote for them.

-- Spoiled or duplicated ballots improperly handled (fed into machine, not put in the proper envelope, or altered)

Beware of distractions/diversions: When voter fraud is being attempted, there may be a diversion to draw attention away, or someone may attempt to obscure the view of poll challengers by standing in their way. If there is a disruption in the polling place, look around and see what else is happening.

All this fuss despite the fact Minnesota Majority can't even cite a single instance of voter fraud that would've been prevented by the voter ID amendment Minnesotans will vote on next week!

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