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Monday, July 12, 2010

Election 2008: Coleman vs Franken(stein)

Yes I know this is old hat ... and that there is no way to change the results of the election (too bad) ... but I thought this bared mentioning some place where someone might read it someday ... - Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds:
"an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.
The final recount vote in the race, determined six months after Election Day, showed Franken beat Coleman by 312 votes -- fewer votes than the number of felons whose illegal ballots were counted, according to Minnesota Majority's newly released study, which matched publicly available conviction lists with voting records."
Okay there is an assumption that all 341 felons voted for Franken since the county is heavily democrat .. but not every one is a democrat, so to assume that all the votes were democrat votes is taking a mighty large leap, in my opinion.

The real story is that when this study was taken to the county attorney's office it was IGNORED ... in fact they had to conduct the study at least twice in order to convince anybody that their findings were sound.

The real issue -- getting the problem fixed before the next election cycle ...

it will never happen ....

and I suspect that there is a fraction of those votes that were unintentionally cast -- where someone didn't realize that they weren't supposed to be voting.

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