By Craig Masters
A report issued by a joint project of several Minnesota voters’ groups focuses on the question of why felons are not allowed to vote. The reasons felons are excluded from voting in any election in Minnesota apply in every state regardless if they are excluded or not. Those reasons include the disrespect for the laws of society which led these anti-social people to be felons in the first place. Furthermore, it is in the best interest of criminals to vote for sympathetic judges, immoral sheriffs, and corrupt lawmakers.
In the highly contested 2008 senatorial race, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D) won by 312 votes.Since he was declared the winner, it has been discovered that over 1000 ineligible convicted felons voted in the general election. While prosecution continues, to date nearly 200 have been convicted, 100 or so are awaiting trial and the majority will never be prosecuted because they simply claim ignorance of the law.
There is a common expression that says “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” But under Minnesota law the standard for conviction is “ineligible voter knowingly votes.” Therefore if a convicted felon simply says he “accidently” voted, he will not be prosecuted.
The Democrats and the mainstream media have stood together with the indefensible position that voter fraud is only a myth created by conservative losers. But now that the problem has been uncovered with indisputable evidence, and even the Democratic party has had to expose one of their own candidates as having voted simultaneously in multiple states in multiple elections, the only questions that remain are how extensive is the problem and how do we reduce it.
The web site ElectionIntregrityWatch.com reports that, “some see legalizing felon voters as the solution” to reducing voter fraud. The article suggests this is “akin to determining that too many people are robbing banks and solving the problem by legalizing bank robbery.” If we would simply eliminate all qualifications for voting there would be no voter fraud at all.
Given Franken’s party affiliation and voting record of 95% along the Party Line, it is not difficult to conclude that without the illegal felon vote he would have lost by a greater margin than he won. But even after hundreds of convictions for fraud, Franken is permitted to remain in office. Clearly, a better solution needs to be found as soon as possible.
Several states have addressed the problem in several different ways. Meanwhile the Obama/Holder justice department has challenged each and every state’s initiated attempt to clean voter roles of ineligible voters. It appears the President and his Party recognize the value of these illegal votes and fear any improvement in voter integrity laws other than that simplistic idea of making it legal for everyone to vote whenever and wherever they want. Problem solved – no voter fraud!