The DFL have done a great job vilifying anybody who makes references to problems with Minnesota's elections. The media have bought into their narrative 110%, going the extra mile to trash anyone who dares to point out even the smallest flaws in Minnesota's election system. So you may have missed a few developments over the last couple of weeks and just this week.
No certification without reconciliation
Last session, two of our members, Rep. Cal Bahr and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, worked to bring about a requirement that the certification of an election in Minnesota be delayed until the ballot reconciliation process. Given that there are many mistakes, errors, and other problems that occur in the process of an election, this seems like a reasonable thing to do. It does not prevent candidates from declaring victory or conceding if they were satisfied that the results were definitive. Taking office is usually about three months away. A delay in the certification would allow election officials and witnesses time to review the ballots and account for any errors.
When Rep. Drazkowski proposed the language in State Government Finance Committee, The Chair of the Committee had this to say.
Nelson argues that any delay would make people anxious and question election integrity. "Let's get it done" is more important than, let's get it right.
Right now, we have a mad rush to finish so that certification can happen quickly after an election. If the point of certification is to put an official stamp on the end of the election, to build trust and confidence in the process, haste is not the way to accomplish it.
In the aftermath of the 2020 election, the rush to trash the Minnesota Election Integrity Team by the DFL and those serving their cause caused much of MNEIT's good work to be overlooked. In the hundreds of pages of legal filings by MNEIT, we can see numerous irregularities and unexplained suspicious circumstances surrounding the 2020 elections. Here are a couple of examples:
The filings include many pictures of precinct worksheets meant to reconcile the ballots. There are a lot of scribbled numbers and unexplained variances from the machine printouts. No attempt is made at an explanation of what the conflicts mean and how or if they were ever reconciled.
Volunteers who went to witness ballots being counted encountered hostility and a refusal to explain any of the goings on like this situation:
It is possible, even probable, that there was an innocent explanation for why a stack of ballots was being carried in a purse and not in a secured box. But no reason was ever offered to the volunteers, and the attitude of poll workers appeared to be one of disgust and resentment to reasonable questions. This kind of behavior isn't likely to build trust or confidence that ballots are being handled correctly. It is important to remember that this was in the context of some individuals' fear of exposure to COVID. Still, prioritizing speed did not have anything to do with safety.
The story of Zuckerbucks has been covered in national conservative media and locally. The movie 2000 Mules also covered it. The Center for Technology in Civic Life funded by Facebook-Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave $350 Million to about 2500 election agencies around the country. These were supposed to be grants to help with extra expenses for health and safety precautions. Some of the grants were used this way, but an awful lot also went to "outreach" and payments to non-profits to encourage voter turnout in heavily democrat voter areas. In Minnesota, our caucus obtained information from 18 different local governments. We found examples of this in our own backyard. See below.
This page is from an expense report from Hennepin County submitted to CTCL for what they did with their money, a $1 million grant. The green highlighted areas are for "non-partisan voter education" and "outreach."
While other states have restricted or even banned this type of private money influencing election operations, DFL Governor Tim Walz felt so strongly that it should continue that he blew up the State Government Finance bill. The house and senate had agreed, but one call from Tim Walz opposing the prohibition of private grants for elections and the agreement was dead. Arguably, Walz would rather that the entire session go down in flames than see that money source for DFL voter turnout dry up.
Here is the moment when the desire for more Zuckerbucks killed the State Government Finance Bill.
Election Fraud and Endorsements
Last week Mayor Jacob Frey announced his endorsement in the Hennepin County Prosecutor's race. Judge Martha Holton Dimmick. You may remember Judge Dimmick. She was one of the Judges in the Essa case we documented in a short film. This guy was initially charged with 13 counts of voter fraud back in 2019. These were felonies, downgraded to 4 misdemeanors after a sentence of 90 days in jail and a $78 fine. The case was postponed many times and was assigned to 3 different judges, Judge Dimmick being the second judge in the case. Essa is now serving 2-year probation.