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DOJ/Minnesota SOS accused of ignoring voter fraud in Franken victory

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July 13, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota: Labeled as the "race that will not end," the hotly-contested 2008 United States Senate contest between Republican Norm Coleman and former-SNL writer/comedian Al Franken is once again being brought to the political forefront, both locally as well as nationally.

J. Christian Adams, a former attorney for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), spoke with Chris Baker on his morning radio program on 100.3 KTLK-FM and claimed that the DOJ is playing politics when it comes to "enforcing election laws, specifically the laws requiring cleaning voter rolls of the deceased and convicted felons."[1][2] This comes directly on the heels of Minnesota Majority, a conservative political organization that works to promote traditional values in state and federal public policy through grassroots activism, releasing a study that shows that "at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race" between Franken and Coleman; the SNL alumnus sneaked out a victory with a mere 312 votes.[3]

Dan McGrath, executive director of Minnesota Majority, further alleged that election officials on the state level, specifically Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and legal investigators with the federal government are stonewalling on acting on the group's findings. This is not the first time the conservative think-tank and the state's top election official have locked horns on this issue. It was revealed that following the 2008 election, Ritchie blocked an investigation of ACORN ... despite evidence of 'a number of irregularities' in Minnesota voter records."[4] It was largely ignored by the media that the Minnesota Secretary of State who chaired the nonpartisan Minnesota Canvassing Board overseeing the recount, received an endorsement in addition to campaign donations from the Minnesota ACORN Political Action Committee in 2006.[5] ACORN, which also endorsed Franken, boasted about playing a major role in the 2008 elections, claiming to have "registered 43,000 new voters, which it describes as 75 percent of the state's new registrations. Franken's margin of victory in the Senate race was razor-thin: 312 votes out of about 3 million cast."[6] Over 25 voting precincts recorded more votes than there are registered voters, votes that "happened" to be overwhelmingly in favor of Franken.[7]

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