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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The head of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association says a GOP request to investigate alleged voter fraud by felons in 2008 is costing prosecutors time and effort with little to show for it.

John Kingrey said Monday that a list of alleged felon voters provided by a conservative watchdog group was “wildly overstated” but diverted the attention of prosecutors and law enforcement from other public safety needs when budgets are already squeezed.

The state Republican Party requested the investigations in all 87 counties in July.

Kingrey says he knows of only one case that was prosecuted but then dismissed.

Minnesota Majority head Jeff Davis says there have been prosecutions of suspected felon voters around the state, and dismissed Kingrey’s comments as resistance to following election law.

Kingrey spoke at a Capitol news conference held by groups that want to allow paroled felons to vote. He says the county attorneys group has no position on that issue.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Interviews John Kingrey

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