Voter Fraud Alleged in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside Area
By Minnesota Voters Alliance Staff –
Friday, June 27, 2014 marked the first day where voters could vote absentee without an excuse, after changes to the state law were made. Often mistakenly referred to as “early voting”, the new law only wipes away the excuse caveats. Absentee balloting was intended for those who would not be in their precinct on election day, such as election judges who may be assigned to serve other than in their home precinct; for anyone who would not be able to vote on Election Day due to illness, disability, or religious reasons; or if absentee balloting was needed due to a federal or state emergency or quarantine. These excuses were never enforced, and voters were freely given absentee ballots anyway. With the excuse requirement removed, candidates, political parties and special interest groups began to heavily promote what they call “early voting”.
On that first day, a large throng of mostly Somali and immigrant voters arrived to vote “early” at Minneapolis City Hall. All ballots were being cast for the Aug. 12 primary election.
The heaviest concentration of absentee voting was for the race between incumbent state Rep. Phyllis Kahn, who was first elected in 1972, and a Somali candidate Mohamud Noor. Kahn’s district (60B) includes the Nicollet Island/St. Anthony Main area, the west and east bank areas of the University of Minnesota, and the Cedar-Riverside and Seward neighborhoods.