Voter fraud in MN? You betcha!

The ads, they are everywhere! If you turn on the TV, drive down the highway or walk through the streets you have seen political ads. All ads have a thing they like to do with statistics and numbers, and that’s making them fit their side of the argument.

I’m pro-voter ID, and I’m going to throw the numbers out there for you. Except I’m going to throw the numbers out that both sides are using, and you can decide yourself if you agree that we have a problem with voter fraud. I didn’t grab these from some biased, pro-voter ID website; these are public numbers that I found in the Washington Examiner.

The 2008 senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman was very close. After the recount war between them, Franken won by 312 votes. Since then, we have had 177 felons convicted of voting in the senate race.

Minnesota Majority identified a potential 1099 cases of felons voting in the senate race. That’s not to say that they all will be convicted or even put on trial, and that’s not to say that they all voted for Franken. What it does say is that voter fraud is real, and voter fraud has at least the potential to decide an election. It also shows just how much our votes can really matter and how important our vote is.

We have a problem with voter fraud in Minnesota. We’re actually number one in the country for it. 177 doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is. Not only that, but the 1099 felons identified voting versus the 177 convicted is nothing to scoff at. Of the potential 1099 felons identified, 16 percent were convicted. Unreported, ignored or not convicted doesn’t mean that the crime didn’t happen.

Rape statistics come to mind. According to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the largest anti-sexual violence organization, says that 207,754 people are sexually assaulted every year, and that only 64 percent are even reported. Of those, only five percent are convicted. My napkin math says that’s about 10,380 felony convictions a year. Let’s compare that number to voter fraud convictions in Minnesota and see if 177 convictions still seems like it’s not a problem to anyone.

311,591,917 people in the United States; 5,344,861 in Minnesota. .00003 percent of the United States got a felony conviction for sexual assault last year; .00003 percent of the Minnesota population has been convicted of committing voter fraud in the 2008 senate election. Almost like magic, the numbers come out the same; without having to make any of them fit my argument.

Now, sexual assault is obviously a more serious crime than voter fraud. Anyone who thinks that sexual assault is not beyond horrible is crazy in my book.

What I am saying is that convictions for felons voting in Minnesota in the 2008 senate race are just as common as sexual assault convictions from a statistical perspective.

If you are going to claim that there is an insignificant amount of voter fraud in Minnesota, you are also going to have to claim that there is an insignificant amount of sexual assault in the United States of America every year.

177 felons convicted of voting may not seem like enough of a reason to make an amendment; but that’s a larger piece of our population than it may seem. I want my vote to count.

It’s a shame we can’t make an amendment to eliminate sexual assault, but we can make an amendment to completely eliminate voter fraud.

The Voter ID amendment could effectively eliminate all voter fraud in Minnesota by requiring a photo ID. It would make it impossible for felons or otherwise invalid voters to vote.

This is a no brainer. If you could eliminate other crimes with your vote, you would. Voter fraud is a crime. It’s real, we have it in Minnesota and it’s just as common as sexual assault in the United States.

The difference here is that you can eliminate this crime with your vote. Vote yes for stopping crime. Vote yes for Voter ID.