Voter fraud is very real, and it’s the reason we have Al Franken
Byron York put this out on Monday, and if you missed it, it’s worth the (very chilling, enraging) read. Here is the meat of it:
In 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.
There is little doubt in my mind that Franken won on the strength of Election Day fraud, coupled with the left’s new strategy (trotted out in Florida in 2000 and refined since then): post-election litigation and cheating. They find votes; manufacture votes; interpret voter intent; get recounts in cherry-picked counties; throw out military votes for the slightest discrepancy, but allow for the widest range of voter’s “wishes” when the rule-breaker is a voter they want; shop around for judges willing to certify their cheating; and more. Then they add it to all the dead people, felons, out-of-staters that they bussed in, and all the other illegitimate votes on election day and wham, they eke out a narrow victory for a race they actually lost.
This is what happened to Dino Rossi in 2002. He won on Election Day. He won the first recount. Then, 500 votes from King County magically appeared, putting Gregoire over the top, and instantly a left-friendly judge certified the result.
And the more they’re allowed to get away with this, the more they’ll do it.