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Fraudulent calls made to
Minnesota voters providing wrong polling places
at Dailykos reports this:
I've been doing election
protection work here in Minnesota, and today I received two calls
regarding robocalls calling people in Minnesota leaving false
polling place information. I've spoken with the 1-866-OUR VOTE
hotline folks, and apparently this is not isolated to Minnesota.
One of the messages
left identified itself as coming from The Teamsters. The
second person's call came from "Voters of America." Both
people have caller ID and the same return number was recorded:
503-542-8636. I've called the number and it's not
Be on the lookout.
If you or anyone you know receives such a call, save the
message and call 1-866 OUR VOTE and report the call.
I can't believe this
happens in a democracy.
To find your polling place you can go
at Dailykos has an update:
Well, I'm now in the
warm after being MoveOnPac man on the spot outside a South
Minneapolis poll since 6.30 am. Rain, cold and 100ft away
meant no shelter. Nonetheless it was great to be involved.
We had it covered - 2 MoveOnPac, 3 Dem lawyers - it's a
heavily Democrat neighbourhood and we expected some problems.
All went well until
about 8.00, when people started showing up from a different
precinct. They'd received calls over the weekend telling them
to come to ours. Clearly non-legitimate calls, but a lot of
people had obeyed the information. I'd heard about this
happening in Michigan, but looks like it's standard swing-state
Anyway, the lawyers
got all over it, and a bunch of drivers were delegated to shuttle
people back to where they should be. And it seems at least
some of the people still have the message on their answerphone.
RNC funded firm Sproul
and Associates' strikes again - voter registration shenanigans extend
here is a report
in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about Sproul and Associates, which has
been in the news for shredding
Democratic registrations in Nevada, and false
advertising/misleading would-be voters in other states claiming they
canvassers for a company working in Minnesota to reelect President
Bush have come forward to say they were paid bonuses for registering
Bush supporters but got nothing for registering voters who favor
challenger John Kerry.
One man, who worked
for only a few hours for the company, Sproul and Associates, said it
was implied that he could be fired for coming back with only Kerry
"I was told,
your job is to bring in Republican cards. If you don't, then you
won't be working here for very long," said Adam Banse, who quit
after two hours.
While the state of
Minnesota doesn't require voters to register by party affiliation,
Sproul sought to determine political allegiances by having
canvassers ask people they registered whether they supported Bush or
Kerry or were undecided, according to the three canvassers.
There is nothing
illegal about seeking voters' preferences or paying bonuses, so long
as all of the registrations are properly turned in, according to the
offices of the secretary of state and the attorney general. But
Leslie Sandberg, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Mike Hatch,
said: "The fact that they were differentiating with
voter-registration cards between one party and others -- this is
troubling. You don't know what happens when they bring them back to
The company denied
paying selective bonuses.
Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer hones the art of vote
stories here - trying to reduce voter registration by
Democratic-leaning groups, attempting to eliminate Independence Party
candidate (running against GOP platform), rushing to use untested and
unreliable voter registration system, issuing posters near voting
booths warning of terrorists, placing highly misleading notices near
driver's license stations that the voter registration deadline is
past, etc. Hey, you can't blame her for not trying to catch up with
her party colleagues nationwide!
report in MNPolitics:
of State, Republican Mary Kiffmeyer, has been
criticized frequently over the years by state Democrats but the
critical fire burned much brighter last week.
State Democrats have
been suspicious of Kiffmeyer virtually since she was elected in
1998. Upon taking office, she made the previously civil service
Elections Director position a political appointment. In 2003,
Kiffmeyer dismissed her own director of elections, because, the
former director says, he invited both Democratic and Repulbican
legislators to a presentation on new voting machines when Kiffmeyer
wanted just the Republicans invited. Kiffmeyer's office disuptes the
truth of the allegation.
But now it's not just
Democrats who are complaining.
Most recently, it has
been many of the state's own county auditors who have complained
that Kiffmeyer is moving to quickly to install a new voter
registration system that is still plagued by problems a month before
the election and that they system has not been adequately tested.
The system is too slow to handle the enormous volume of new voter
registrations (the Pioneer Press reports that the number of
registered Minnesota voters jumped by 56,691 since the June 18
primary) and that the system logs people off, wiping out previously
entered data. Critics fear that could result in some voters being
turned away at the polls this year. Kiffmeyer is also being
criticized for not requesting a waive to postpone the
federally-mandated systems until after November, as forty other
states have done.
Kiffmeyer also came
under fire last week when her office turned away grassroots anti-Bush
or pro-Democrat groups requesting voter registration forms for
door-to-door voter registration campaigns, saying they ran out of
the forms. The Secretary of State's office said that they had run
low, but not out, and that the confusion was the result of bad
information given by a worker at the election office counter.
Two weeks ago,
Kiffmeyer and the Democratic Attorney General Mike
Hatch agreed that according to an obscure state law that most
people thought had been repealed, Independence Party (IP) candidates
should be disqualified from the general election ballot because they
did not enough votes during the primaries. The Minnesota Supreme
Court recently ruled that the IP candidates could be on the ballot.
Her attempt to keep
IP candidates, coupled with other actions, elicited a scathing op-ed
piece in the Star Tribune by former U.S. Congressman and IP
gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny, who said that
"ruling against the Independence Party was only the latest in a
long list of curious actions taken by her office."
The list of other
things for which Kiffmeyer has been criticized is long. They
- She tried to
change the voter identification process to require an exact
match between the information provided by a voter on their
registration form and the information displayed on the voter's
valid identification rather than leaving voter verification to
the discretion of the election judge, as had previously been the
case. Critics said the exact match would suppress voter turnout.
County officials filed a formal complaint, saying the system
would be unworkable, and an administrative law judge agreed with
them, keeping Kiffmeyer from implementing the system.
- Prior to the
primary, she distributed posters to be posted near voting booths
that warned voters to be on the lookout for terrorists, which
critics said was alarmist.
- She tried to keep
an unorthodox Republican congressional candidate off the ballot.
The Minnesota Supreme Court overruled her decision.
- She told the
newsweekly City Pages that a voter registration contest
they were conducting might violate federal election laws.
coverage in this PFAW/NAACP
Secretary of State, Republican Mary Kiffmeyer, came under fire in
September for distributing flyers that raise the specter of
election-related terrorism. The flyers, which Kiffmeyer asked be
displayed in polling places, urged voters to be wary of people
appearing at precincts with "shaved head[s] or short hair"
who "smell of unusual herbal/flower water or perfume,"
wear baggy clothing or appear to be whispering to themselves, as
they might be "homicide bombers."[i]
Many local election officials refused to distribute the posters,
arguing that they could trigger harassment of certain ethnic,
racial, or religious groups. One state senator claimed that the
warnings were "a Chicken Little attempt" to discourage
voting. In addition, some raised concerns that the posters could
"unnerve" poll workers. It appears that no other state has
produced similar posters[ii].
[i] Spencer S. Hsu and Jo
Becker, "Election Day Anti-Terrorism Plans Draw
Post, October 6, 2004
[ii] Mark Brunswick and Brad
Stokman, "Poll Officials Spurn Ant-Terror Poster," Star-Tribune,
State officials moved
Friday to replace notices at more than 200 driver's license
examining stations and vehicle tab agencies throughout Minnesota
that they said could discourage people from voting.
"It is too late
to register for the November 2, 2004, General Election," the
notices say under the headline "Important Voter Registration
apparently have been posted since an Oct. 12 deadline for
"motor voter" registration -- automatically signing up to
vote along with an application for a driver's license or state
identification card. But prospective voters still can register at
the offices of county auditors or the secretary of state or at the
polls on Nov. 2.
it changed," state Division of Driver and Vehicle Services
spokeswoman Susan Lasley said. "It kind of implies the wrong
thing." She said she did not know how the mistake was made or
A new version of the
notice specifies that "It is too late to register to vote on
your DL or ID card application."
Both notices add:
"If you apply for your DL or ID card today, your name will not
appear on this year's voter roster," although that does not
preclude registering by other means.
The notices also
refer prospective voters to the secretary of state's office. Kent
Kaiser, spokesman for Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, said she
did not issue either of the notices. But Pat McCormack, director of
driver and vehicle services, said the information came from
were misreading it," McCormack said. "If they ask us about
it, we tell them to check with their county auditor or the secretary