ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The Minnesota Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-MN) is offering as a reward for anyone who can show proof of a voter impersonation case that happened in the past 10 years. And the MCLU brought the money with them: $1,000 in $1 bills.

The MCLU says the Photo ID bill moving through the legislature won’t fix any problem because there isn’t one.

Voter ID supporters strongly disagree.

“Minnesotans, by and large, don’t have full faith and confidence in our election system. They want voter ID,” said Dan McGrath of the Minnesota Majority. “(The ACLU has) a really steep hill to climb if they want convince people to turn that around and stop this amendment.”

However, the MCLU says voter fraud in Minnesota is very rare.

“Year after year, people from outside the state say, ‘gosh, these Minnesota elections are clean and they are good and they are accurate,'” said Chuck Samuelson with the ACLU-MN.

It was a dramatic, and expensive, way to make a serious point.

The MCLU says Voter ID will not only not stop fraud, but it will inconvenience hundreds of thousands of people and actually keep eligible voters from casting ballots.

Comments (20)
  1. Pat says:

    The amendment has nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with voter disenfranchisement.

  2. Jimmy says:

    During the Franken recount, the acceptance standards for absentee ballots were lowered in the liberal precincts only. Extra votes for Franken magically appeared.

    Don’t tell us there is no fraud. A senate seat was stolen!

    1. grinch says:

      Well here’s your chance to make 1,000 dollars, prove it

  3. Swamp Fox says:

    If you wanted to you could show up, prove ID and citizenship in a couple of ways on voting days to vote without a photo ID. However, unless you made legal arrangements with the courts, the Secretary of State’s office, and law enforcement[MN & FBI/US-DOJ] you could liable for self-incriminating voter fraud.

    Unfortunately the stage has been set for voter fraud by the brigands who wish to do so. It may not be a problem now but in the future all it takes is a couple of folks to infect Minnesota’s clean system.

    This problem is like computer hacking. At first there wasn’t any in the beginning of the web and INTERNET Then when curiosity got the best of the cyberspace enlightened curious strange things began to happen. Hacking was then hatched and so was cyber-security. You only have to watch the iconic cinema called “War Games”[1987] to see that hacking was an evil here to stay.

    Sooner or later it is going to happen to the voting process in Minnesota. Though it is a raucous political hot potato issue it will happen or has happened and we are going to suffer for it.

    Many areas of the US are noted for and historically had voter fraud, ballot stuffing, and registering deceased citizens etcetera. Justice has prevailed but at what cost to the electorate.

    If citizens and residents have to have photo IDs to apply for all sorts of benefits, driver licenses, gun sales, obtaining credit, do banking, and other necessary functions of living then what’s the problem with a photo ID to prove who you are to vote? Even the elderly among us have some form of identification to prove identity. It’s a necessary evil that the law abiding majority have to contend with because of the fraudulent few.

    Unfortunately, the MN GOP Legislature is using this ID issue as an excuse to avoid their pressing legislating duties like a balanced budget, strengthening the state’s economy, and most of all employment issues. This issue is being used as a political wedge dividing the MN electorate warranting precious time to debate a minor issue that can’t wait for better times.

    We need jobs, roads, bridges, a stable balanced state budget, tax reforms, and public works projects to get back on the tracks of recovery. We need a Legislature that isn’t politically gridlocked and floundering in divisiveness. We, Minnesotans, need a Legislature that knows the meaning of compromise, unity, and progress.

    We need legislators who will do the wishes of their constituencies, not worrying about keeping their jobs in the next election. If they do their jobs as their constituents mandate then they needn’t worry about keeping their ‘part-time’ Capitol gig for they will be reelected. It’s that simple.

    Photo IDs are an issue that can wait for the moment. It’s time for the GOP to do their jobs and get this moving. We Minnesotans demand such from our elected officials.

  4. Al says:

    Thank you ACLU – no prove to me that there wasn’t any fraud. What a bunch of jerks as always

  5. Lee says:

    The belief that voter ID disenfranchises minority voters is racist. You must have an ID to legally apply for a job. To claim minorities are denied thier vote because they don’t have IDs is to also claim that they are not working or even attempting to find a job. The support this argument is to throw minorities under the bus and claim they are deadbeats.

  6. James says:

    I can prove it, but I don’t want your dirty money ACLU.

    1. James says:

      Per the ACLU web site, here’s how you cash in… (you have to split the $1000, but this isn’t the only case in MN, so you’ll probably only get a few cents after everyone submits their claims.),000-bounty-on-election-fraud

      Legal disclaimer: Must have proof of legal charge, indictment or conviction for voter impersonation in the State of Minnesota issued not before January 1, 2002. Anecdotes, hearsay and unsubstantiated claims will not be accepted. Evidence must be presented at the offices of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota at 2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 180, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114 by 5:00 p.m. March 30, 2012. $1,000 will be split among all legitimate claims, if any. Questions: call Carolyn Jackson at 651.645.4097 x125. Results will be announced April 2, 2012

      Stick it ACLU, what a bunch of posers.

      1. James says:

        And WCCO, try doing an investigative report on your articles before you publish them as fact. A simple google search shows this link. Jakes strip club down in coats? Yeah, now it’s a liquor store. Shut down because of voter fraud. If I remember right, the guy got 10 years for something like that.

        1. James says:

          Ironic that they’re giving away 1000 $1 bills isn’t it… (publicity scam, they know the problem exists. They know of this specific example. They know of other specific examples that haven’t been prosecuted either. Waiting until march 30, they know they will get the media attention now and no follow-up later when they find themselves back peddling)

          I just can’t stand liars like this. What a useless group of liars and self interested promoters. If there’s an agenda, ACLU has something to do with it.

      2. Land of the Free says:

        Think the ACLU is not posturing. Check out this link and then see if you can get your $1,000 from them. Talking points for the weak minded.

  7. Pizzedoff says:

    $1000 isn’t much. Thugs get more selling drugs or stealing people’s identities to use for forgeries. Up the amount and they’ll be falling all over themselves turning in the people who they know were committing voter fraud (and pardoning themselves in the meantime). You’re dealing with people who have no scruples. They don’t care how many times they vote for the likes of o bama and his cronies, especially if they’re getting paid to do it.

  8. Joe Hanson says:

    How many phony, err, photo IDs can I buy with a thousand dollars?

  9. Truthbetold says:

    No why would anyone wish to be fraudulent in their votes … Take a lesson from WI and why or why not the need may be there. Of course this is only for the recall petition it’s not the actual vote and these are or must be upstanding citizens like voters…. sure they are right?

    MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel estimates that about 15% of the Walker recall petition signatures are not valid,

  10. Truthbetold says:

    Also if you take into account that in the last Governor election there was less than a 2% difference between the two lead candidates. That 15% wouldn’t make a difference in an election now will it……?

  11. Truthbetold says:

    Again this is WI news but somehow I have a feeling politics are politics:

    Wisconsin News- same article headline
    A careful review of 500 recall petition signatures turned up about 15% that weren’t valid, but the large cushion of extra signers should ensure a recall election will proceed.

    Heaven forbid they have only valid voters voting, what might happen to all those extra signatures that might be needed for whichever side?

  12. Kevin says:

    Is voter fraud a fereral charge? Is it a felony? I mean if I go there and admit to it and get my $1000…..will I then be arrested? Are these pople that stupid? More B as in B…..S as in S…..sheepel….all just sheepel

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