The Minnesota senate race between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman was extremely close and the lead has changed several times. Even before the general election, there was concern about ACORN voter fraud in MN.
October 14, 2008
“As I expected, the investigations into ACORN and voter fraud has arrived to our fair state. From KSTP:
The Hennepin County attorney announced Tuesday they’ve launched an investigation into an allegation that an individual with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, did not fully comply with Minnesota voter registration rules.
According to the allegation, a batch of registration forms were turned into the office of elections outside the ten-day period, but were turned in early enough to be registered to vote in the September primary.”
The win that was ultimately given to Al Franken has been challenged in court and new challenges continue to surface in light of more voting irregularities that have been discovered. Now, with the ever increasing awareness of ACORN monetary and voter fraud, there is a heightened sense that the votes in Minnesota should be subject to more scrutiny.
From Minnesota Majority, October 1, 2009:
“The Destruction of ACORN, the Strategy of Breitbart & Why We Must All Remain Vigilant”
“Yesterday, Minnesota Majority, together with 8 Minnesota gubernatorial candidates, issued a letter to Attorney General Lori Swanson calling for a formal investigation into potential illegal activities on the part of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Minnesota.
Recent news stories have revealed evidence of apparent systematic corruption within the ACORN organization. At least 15 other states have launched investigations into potential election law and other violations on the part of ACORN. A report issued earlier this year by the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee stated that “ACORN has repeatedly and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud. Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate.”
Yet here in Minnesota, where we have just had a US Senate race decided by fewer than 400 votes, incredibly there has been no official statewide investigation into the ACORN organization. Senator Al Franken, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson were all endorsed by ACORN and elected to their offices with their help, but it is our hope that they will place the execution of the duties of their offices ahead of any political allegiances. These officials can prove their loyalty to the voters of Minnesota by responding to your call for an official statewide investigation into ACORN’s activities in Minnesota.”
“Petition Calling for an Investigation of ACORN in Minnesota
Whereas recent news stories have revealed evidence of apparent systematic corruption within the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN), and
Whereas a report issued by the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee states that ACORN has repeatedly and deliberately engaged in systemic fraud, and
Whereas at least 15 other states have launched investigations into potential election law and other violations on the part of ACORN, and
Whereas Minnesota Majority’s review of voter registration records has revealed thousands of irregularities, and
Whereas ACORN has publically acknowledged it was responsible for registering over 43,000 new voters in Minnesota prior to the 2008 election;
Therefore I do hereby call for for an official statewide investigation by law enforcement officials into potential illegal activities on the part of ACORN in the state of Minnesota.”
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