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Letter: Election integrity and illegal voters

Freedom to vote and elect our public officials should not be taken lightly. After recent elections the media has pointed out Minnesota may now have less election integrity than Illinois. Is this the reputation we want as Minnesota citizens? Vote YES for VOTER ID. If you vote and do not vote on this issue it is counted as a NO vote. So please vote YES on this issue!

Photo IDs are necessary to cash a check, obtain a bank account, purchase fishing or hunting license. Health providers and senior home facilities require photo IDs. Yet liberals are complaining this is too expensive, too time consuming, too much work for our state and county officials. Hogwash! The only people who do not have legitimate IDs, or cannot get a free one, are illegals, and they are voting.

Bryon York reported on Aug 6, 2012 in the Washington Examiner that traditional values advocacy group Minnesota Majority compared voting rolls and criminal records and identified 1,099 felons, all ineligible to vote, who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race. This information was presented to prosecutors across the state. Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. Even though this is a felony, many prosecutors showed no interest in pursuing it. Often the response was, "the accused can get off by claiming not to have known they did anything wrong." In spite of this apathy a total of 243 people have either been convicted or are awaiting trial in Minnesota. So we do have voter fraud in Minnesota!

It's been reported that 2,812 deceased individuals voted in the Minnesota 2008 November's election. I feel this lack of good oversight falls at the feet of Democrat Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, whose partisan leanings and curious alliance with voter fraud-magnet ACORN is aware, has been informed, but looks the other way, as he wants the Democrat to win, even if it means dishonest elections. Are you happy with this type of executive leadership in our State?

In a public meeting in the Park Rapids Frank White School I personally heard both Democrats Brita Sailer and Rod Skoe state, "Minnesota does not have a voter fraud problem, and we do not need voter IDs." Now are these two really that unaware, uninformed, dishonest, or have a selfish motive, or all of the above?

If Rod and Brita were truthful, do we really want such uninformed legislators representing us in St Paul? Vote for David Hancock and Steve Green for the House and Dennis Moser for the Senate.

Richard Bogaard

Park Rapids