'Voter vouching' practice challenged in Minnesota
Does voter vouching lead to voter fraud?
- Duration 4:17
- Date Jun 24, 2012
Does voter vouching lead to voter fraud?
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Husband and historic Election Day in Egypt and not a one way elections are run in our country.
-- -- -- that in Minnesota on Election Day you can say that you know like up to fifteen people you know you know them you know they live there.
And they can vote.
The practice is called voter -- It was challenged in court on Friday by the conservative group of Minnesota voters alliance.
They -- voter vouching can lead to voter fraud but supporters say it encourages voting and attempts to -- -- our voter suppression.
Andy sees us from Minneapolis is the executive director of the group Minnesota voters alliance Andy good to see it.
Why the objective.
Out of validation for having me -- what's wrong with.
Well voting is is a part of the problem Eric that we we filed a lawsuit in federal court we were heard on Friday.
Asking the state -- order.
Asking the court rather to -- the state to confirm eligibility of all voters prior to allowing their ballot to count.
Now the state -- extent since it database in fact they have over eight databases where they confirm the eligibility of pre register -- Folks that register prior to -- -- days before the election.
And they also have another system.
Where voters can register to vote.
On Election Day and that's that word brings up the whole idea of -- Where if a person has no documentation.
They can be vouched for by another voter who lives in the precinct.
Now what's what's harming about that we believe in damaging is that up person can vote for up to fifteen people and the state doesn't track it.
They don't make it accessible for groups who want a researcher to see if those people were in fact eligible to vote.
And they destroy all the records 22 months after Election Day well what do you think.
You know what what's the problem what do you think that could cause.
What we think that could cause -- eligible people to vote Eric we did an extensive data practices that requested back in November of 2011.
We got the data.
In at the end of January 2012.
We asked the state of Minnesota the secretary of State's office.
How many ineligible or excuse me how many people are in the database.
The statewide voter registration system database who registered to vote on Election Day in 2008.
Who to this day three and half years later.
Are marked as something other than active.
And we what we found was very very disturbing over 48000.
Persons are in the database today as something other than active -- 171000.
Mark challenged and another 31000 mark inactive.
-- what is what is this may draw from does this mean is people who got Balch for the missing cards out to them and they don't get -- answers back I don't know they are.
Right well that's a great question they can't tell us they won't tell us how many of those were votes for.
We can assume it somewhere in the 5% range so we don't know the extent of the problem.
But what we do know of those 48000 persons who are listed as something other than active.
That when the state finally got around to attempting to verify their eligibility.
Albeit after the election.
They could not.
Conclusively say that those 48000 people were in fact eligible to vote.
In Minnesota and met all the qualifications.
To be eligible to vote in Minnesota only thirty seconds left the secretary of state Minnesota's mark Ritchie his office told us they would not comment on pending litigation.
What do think should happen.
Well I think the court should should order the secretary of state to confirm eligibility.
The new register -- what all the databases.
So to make sure that the person is a citizen to make sure they're eighteen years old to make sure that they are not a felon -- they have all this data.
They refuse they willfully refuse to use this data.
And now what we have is a senate race that was decided.
By 312 votes they can't tell us if in fact Al Franken.
Was the elected senator by the people of Minnesota.
-- while he was unease was officially elected and I created and is twelve votes yourself so Andy we gotta go but the lawsuit judge to decide within sixty days NEC let -- of yeah thanks Minnesota thanks so much will be keeping -- -- Take care.