In a letter sent Monday, House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt called on Secretary of State Steve Simon to conduct a “full and robust investigation” following allegations of systemic voter fraud in Minneapolis.
The letter was issued in response to a Project Veritas video released Sunday night that accused Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign of running a ballot-harvesting scheme out of two Minneapolis high-rises. A source quoted in the video claimed that one of Omar’s staffers is central to the operation and even pays voters for their ballots.
On Monday night, the group released a second video showing one man giving a voter $200 in exchange for his voter registration form.
“Ok, when I fill it out, I’ll bring it to you,” the voter receiving the cash payment states. According to the new video, Omar is the mastermind behind the alleged operation, a source said.
Daudt and state Rep. Jim Nash, the Republican lead on the House Subcommittee on Elections, said a “full and robust investigation” is the only way to determine “whether there is any truth to these allegations.”
“With absentee voting underway and over a million Minnesotans already having requested an absentee ballot, we are writing with regard to the troubling concerns raised about the security of our voting system,” they said in a letter to Simon. “The potential violations of state law documented in the video include unlawful voter harvesting, illegal payments to voters, and elderly voters targeted for absentee ballot fraud.”
Simon had not publicly commented on the allegations as of Monday night, but Daudt and Nash requested a response from his office by Friday.
“As Minnesota’s top election official, you have a responsibility to ensure fairness and integrity of our elections,” they said.
State Rep. Steve Drazkowski asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr to intervene in a letter of his own.
“It has been represented to me that in Minneapolis, several Democrat campaigns have been paying individuals to vote. This fraud is said to be occurring in many forms,” Drazkowski said in his letter. “I have been repeatedly told that much of this activity has been orchestrated by the congressional campaign of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, and the evidence suggests the same.”
The Minneapolis Police Department issued a brief statement Monday evening, saying it is in the process of looking into the allegations, but has no further information available at this time.