We need a federal investigation. Minneapolis governance is rotten.
Minneapolis police opens investigation into reports that Ilhan Omar’s supporters illegally harvested Democrat ballots in Minnesota
- Minneapolis police on Monday evening confirmed they were investigating
- The police are looking in to claims of voter fraud made by Project Veritas
- The media group allege that Ilhan Omar’s supporters were ‘ballot harvesting’
- Omar Jamal, a Somali political operative, claimed those in the video back Omar
- ‘Ballot harvesting,’ or ‘ballot collection,’ is legal in more than half of US states
- It allows third parties to collect ballots on behalf of physically-impaired voters
- But Republicans have claimed that the practice is vulnerable to voter fraud
- In Minnesota a third party can return only three ballot papers
- Trump hopes to win key swing state of Minnesota in upcoming election
Under Minnesota state law, only three absentee ballots can be collected by any one person.
Mohamed in turn accused O’Keefe on Twitter of ‘fake news’.
Omar Jamal, a Somali political operative, told Veritas that he believes ballot harvesters in the community are hired and take advantage of elderly community members.
He said that Ilhan Omar is connected to the alleged election fraud.
However neither he nor the videos provide any direct evidence of any connection to the congresswoman, who is also of Somali descent.
Jeremy Slevin, senior communications director for Omar, said: ‘The amount of truth to this story is equal to the amount Donald Trump paid in taxes of ten out of the last fifteen years: zero.
‘And amplifying a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy.’
“Ballot harvesting’ allows a third party to collect and deliver ballots to voters.
Although widely practiced and rarely found to be abused, the rule permitting a third party to collect and return multiple ballots remains a source of partisan dispute.
More than half of states allow a third party to collect ballots, and political groups and campaigns from both parties have run ballot-collection programs aimed at boosting turnout and ensuring voters who are older, homebound, disabled, or live far from US postal services can get their ballot returned.
In Minnesota, the law states that a third party can return no more than three ballots.
‘The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting,’ the police tweeted.
‘We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements. No further information is available at this time on this.’
President Trump took to Twitter just after midnight on Monday and demanded that the Justice Department investigate Omar for alleged ‘ballot harvesting.’
‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted in the early hours of Monday morning.
‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review???
‘If not, why not??? ‘We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement.
‘Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!’
Omar responded with a meme showing a Deal or No Deal box being opened, to reveal the sum $750 – the amount of federal income tax Trump is reported to have paid in the first year of his presidency.
Omar is one of four Democratic congresswomen known collectively as ‘The Squad’ who has frequently been targeted for criticism by the president and his supporters.
The others are House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Last week, Trump again went after Omar at an election rally in Pennsylvania, suggesting that the U.S. isn’t her country.
‘She’s telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from?’ Trump said of the Somali-born Democrat, who’s a U.S. citizen.
‘How was your country doing?’ the president added.
Omar hit back at Trump’s comments, even calling his rallies ‘cult-like.’
‘Firstly, this is my country and I am a member of the House that impeached you,’ the Minnesota lawmaker tweeted.
‘Secondly, I fled civil war when I was 8. An 8-year-old doesn’t run a country even though you run our country like one.’
Minnesota is considered a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election.
According to the latest polls compiled by the news site FiveThirtyEight, Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, has a six-point lead in the state.
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