Skip to comments.Vote Buying Bill Advances on Party-Line Vote from House Elections Committee
Posted on 02/26/2014 5:34:37 AM PST by TurboZamboni
Minnesota Statutes 204C.18 and 204C.22 contain protections against vote buying fraud that have been in place in some form through court rulings and statutes as long as Minnesota has had a secret or Australian ballot, which was adopted statewide in 1891 with strong bipartisan support.
Prior to the advent of the Australian ballot system, scholars and historians note that vote buying corruption was common practice, but voters would generally need to provide evidence that they have voted the right way to collect their bounty, typically ranging from $2 to $20 in those days.
The proof could often be a mark on a ballot that identified who had cast it, or the act of showing ones completed ballot to the right person before depositing it in the ballot box. Making small tears in a ballot was also a common practice.
Prohibiting and invalidating ballots containing identifying marks has been a deterrent to vote buying fraud thats helped protect the sanctity of the secret ballot for over 120 years. Now, HF1841 (Freiberg D- 45B) and its companion bill in the senate (SF1663, Hoffman D-36) would strip away that anti-fraud protection by making it legal for voters to make self-identifying marks on a ballot and requiring such marked ballots to be accepted and tabulated.
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Or Democrats can simply keep recounting bogus votes until their candidate wins, as in the case of the clown currently representing them in the Senate.
I wonder if instead getting 2 dollars or 20 dollars for voting the right way, the democrats will adopt the new technologies of smart phones to their scheme.
For example, instead of offering money, they could have a live video feed of two thugs with guns pointed at the wife and kids for a suitable incentive to vote the right way.