Fraud Looms on the Horizon, By Bob Unruh, © 2011 WND
group that monitors elections in Minnesota and roots out fraudulent votes is warning
ballot fraud is on the rise across the nation, and if unchecked, the ultimate
consequences would be an electorate that simply doesn't believe the system works
and refuses to participate - "a total breakdown in the cohesion of American society."
That's from spokesman Dan McGrath of the Minnesota Majority, which advocates for
traditional values in state and federal public policy through grassroots activism.
The group also contributes to the work of ElectionIntegrityWatch.com to focus
specifically on elections and voter fraud.
Minnesota Majority reported that its investigations of fraud allegations arising
from the 2008 general election in the state so far have resulted in 113 convictions.
Another 200 or so cases are being processed or are pending but might not be completed
because the statute of limitations expires next month, three years after the election.
And a stunning 2,800 or more cases cannot be prosecuted because of the wording
in the state law that essentially requires voter fraud participants to admit they
knew what they were doing was illegal in order for a conviction to be obtained,
the organization said.
The organization's report on voter fraud said the convictions appear to be the
highest number since a scheme in Jackson County, Mo., in 1936 resulted in 259
individuals convicted of voter fraud.
A more recent effort by the U.S. Department of Justice that encompassed five years
resulted in just 53 convictions, the group said.
"It's mind-boggling to me that as a tiny non-profit corporation, we netted more
than double the number of convictions in one year than the U.S. Department of
Justice was able to find in five," said Minnesota Majority president Jeff Davis
in a statement on the results.
The group identified a wide range of illegal votes, including incapacitated patients
at a mental health home who have guardians and are not eligible to vote to "upwards
of 2,800 ineligible felons believed to have unlawfully voted in Minnesota's 2008
"These convictions are just the tip of the iceberg," said Davis. "The actual number
of illegal votes cast was in the thousands. Most unlawful voters were never charged
with a crime because they simply pled ignorance. We have evidence of these people
casting illegal ballots, but in Minnesota, ignorance of election law is considered
to be an acceptable defense."
It's not just in Minnesota. The organization lists reports from dozens of locations
around the nation where voter fraud cases have been brought, and convictions won,
by prosecutors. Among them are a 10-year prison term for an NAACP leader for vote
fraud, several cases in Houston, more in Wisconsin and some in Florida.
The issue of trouble in American elections was the sole focus of a Whistleblower
Magazine issue two years ago, and a new book by Matthew Vadum, "Subversion Inc.:
How Obama's ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers,"
explains how the ACORN organization, under new names in various states, continues
its campaign to influence elections.
Minnesota Majority notes that in 2008, the Minnesota U.S. Senate race was decided
by just 312 votes.
"Never in our state's history did the words 'every vote counts' ring so true.
However, a cloud of doubt still hangs over the results. Post-election analysis
showed that hundreds of ineligible felons voted in the election. Over 17,000 more
ballots were counted than voters accounted for as having voted in our Statewide
Voter Registration System. Over 23,000 addresses provided by Election Day registrants
could not be verified. Voter rolls contained the names of non-citizens and deceased
individuals," the organization reported.
What that means is that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., may not have
won, although he has been casting votes from his U.S. Senate seat ever
"Political analysts estimate that voter fraud may account for 3 percent of the
vote in any given election. Applying this statistic to Minnesota's 2006 gubernatorial
election, that would mean that we would have had over 66,000 fraudulent votes.
Remember that Gov. Pawlenty won this election by just 21,000 votes," the organization
Further, it reported in 2008, ACORN registered more than 40,000 people to vote
"While numerous other states have launched investigations of voter fraud by ACORN,
Minnesota government officials have done nothing. To this day, our top elections
official, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, has failed to satisfactorily explain
the irregularities uncovered after the 2008 election. Our top law enforcement
Attorney General Lori Swanson, has refused to investigate allegations of election
irregularities. Could this be because both Ritchie and Swanson were endorsed and
supported by ACORN when they were elected to office?" the group asked.
McGrath told WND that while voter fraud was rampant decades back, it largely had
Now, however, "it is being revived," he said. "There seem to be some new groups
He said the potential ramifications are very serious for the nation, and "that's
why we've been so dogged about this."
"The foundation of the country rests on the confidence of the people that they're
being represented," he said. "That they have a voice in the process. If they feel
they have become disenfranchised, they'll ask, 'What reason do I have to participate?'
"That's why it's so very alarming."
It was just this week that former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan said a signature on
a petition to put Barack Obama on the state's primary ballot in 2008 isn't his.
The Democrat, who had campaigned for Hillary Clinton, told the Associated Press
the printing next to the signature doesn't even look like his.
He was among dozens of people contacted by the South Bend Tribune who declined
to verify that their names on the petition were in their handwriting.
Officials called for a federal investigation.
McGrath said there are several developments that voters need to know about. One
is that several states have become concerned about voter fraud and have cracked
down on "provisional ballots" from those who don't appear on voter registration
But a pushback is developing from organizations that want such limits and restrictions
removed, he said.
Providing the "benefit of the doubt" for a ballot for anyone who walks in the
door of a polling location is an "open door" for trouble, he suggested.
Another development is that organizations such as a coalition in Minnesota, under
the banner of ElectionIntegrityWatch, are being assembled. Texas already has one,
and the efforts in other places are in various stages.
He said, however, citizens will have to depend on themselves to know what to watch
for and then document the evidence needed to charge voter fraud, because the federal
government is unlikely to help.
He said his organization tried to get some assistance from the Department of Justice
and presented information about evidence to the FBI.
The agent who reviewed the information suggested there was enough to open an investigation,
but "when he got back to his supervisors, the case just disappeared," McGrath