Why in the world are felons able to vote? If we required ID and checked it against accurate voter rolls, there should be no way a convicted felon gets in to vote. And yet apparently they do. Often. Read on for details of a case that could impact November’s election.
At least 1,366 ineligible felons cast a minimum of 1,670 fraudulent votes in recent statewide elections, a new lawsuit that just went before the Minnesota Supreme Court alleges.
Moreover, the court’s potential ruling on this case holds major implications for the 2016 general election, as the Minnesota Voters Alliance group that filed the suit hopes “to prevent state and local election officials from distributing ballots to ineligible voters by implementing new safeguards,” according to the Center of the American Experiment.
The group also argues that the 1,670 illegal votes it “documented through a painstaking search of voting records hampered by a lack of cooperation by Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon” represent just the tip of the iceberg:
“Simon has refused to release the data that would enable MVA to verify the actual number of ineligible people that have illegally cast a vote. In holding back the critical government data, Simon has ignored a Minnesota Department of Administration opinion stating that the voting records in question should be made public.”
“The Secretary of State plays a significant role with other election officials in permitting known ineligible felons to register or to vote,” court documents state.”
Fraud is seemingly a part of the voting experience all too often. But it can be minimized by tighter controls on the process. Americans should be able to count on as much honesty as possible in the election process. And those who intend to subvert it should be stopped wherever they are. If you see something, say something.