A Joke In Minnesota Fit For A Comedian

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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Actually, this story from FoxNews.com is not a joke, the joke is that Al Franken was never a comedian.  But, there is some very revealing information which has just surfaced through an investigation conducted by Minnesota Majority:

That’s the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.

If the allegation is true, then the error is on Franken and those who propped up the joker in the close election.  Franken was declared the winner in the race after election officials tallied he had won by 312 votes.  Not that anything will ever be done which would change the outcome of the contest.  The watchdog group named above commented further about their difficulty in getting any kind of movement by federal or state officials:

Furthermore, the report charges that efforts to get state and federal authorities to act on its findings have been “stonewalled.”

“We aren’t trying to change the result of the last election. That legally can’t be done,” said Dan McGrath, Minnesota Majority’s executive director. “We are just trying to make sure the integrity of the next election isn’t compromised.”

The article reveals county attorney offices in at least two counties failed to take the charges or findings serious, which resulted in more digging by Minnesota Majority:

A spokesman for both county attorneys’ offices belittled the information, saying it was “just plain wrong” and full of errors, which prompted the group to go back and start an in-depth look at the records.

“What we did this time is irrefutable,” McGrath said. “We took the voting lists and matched them with conviction lists and then went back to the records and found the roster lists, where voters sign in before walking to the voting booth, and matched them by hand.

“The only way we can be wrong is if someone with the same first, middle and last names, same year of birth as the felon, and living in the same community, has voted. And that isn’t very likely.”

There’s a lot of information from the above quote to the end of the article, with the saddest part being that at least some of the counties or the state (maybe both) did not flag the felons on the voters rolls as required.  According to McGrath:

“Prosecutors have to act more swiftly in prosecuting cases from the 2008 election to deter fraud in the future,” he said, “and the state has to make sure that existing system, that flags convicted felons so voting officials can challenge them at the ballot, is effective. In 90 percent of the cases we looked at, the felons weren’t flagged.”

“If the state had done that,” he said, “things might be very different today.”

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