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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Did Illegally Voting Convicted Felons Put Al Franken in the Senate?

A Minnesota conservative watchdog group has found that enough convicted felons illegally voted from heavily Democratic districts in the 2008 elections that it could have pushed Senator Stuart Smalley over the top:

The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities. 

That's the finding of 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. 

Furthermore, the report charges that efforts to get state and federal authorities to act on its findings have been "stonewalled." 

"We aren't trying to change the result of the last election. That legally can't be done," said Dan McGrath, Minnesota Majority's executive director. "We are just trying to make sure the integrity of the next election isn't compromised."

This alone may not have pushed him over the top. Franken would have had to have received ~62% of the convicted felon vote to have made the difference. This is obviously possible but not a certainty. However, if they found these 341 illegally voting felons, I wonder just how many there actually are that might not have been found, yet? If there are even a couple hundred more, that would of definately been enough to put him over the top.

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