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Voter Fraud Found in Mower County

Posted at: 11/26/2012 10:48 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- The Voter ID Amendment has come and gone, but now that the election is over, we're checking to see if voter fraud was an issue this year. In many counties in our area it wasn't, but Mower County is investigating three cases.

It was one of the biggest issues on the ballot, but Minnesota voters have spoken, saying no to Voter ID. "I did not support changing the constitution," said Democratic Representative Jeanne Poppe. She was one against it. "Changing the constitution is a high threshold to do something that I think, if it needs to be done, it needs to be done legislatively," said Poppe.

She says she still stands by that, even after Mower County officials say three people allegedly committed voter fraud this election. "Should we change everything for three people? We need to find the right solution," she said.

"It's kind of unusual that we caught three people allegedly trying to commit fraud in Mower County, nevertheless, I think that we need to press forward and try to gain new additional methods in order to detect and prevent people from committing voter fraud," said Republican Mike Benson.

However even larger counties, like Olmsted, saw nothing. "We probably had somewhere around 93.5 percent of voter turnout to the tune of about 78,000 ballots and in Olmsted County, where we have not seen any evidence of voter fraud in the 2012 election," said Olmsted County Director of Property Records and Licensing, Mark Krupski.

Proponents of the knocked-down amendment argue that many may have lied at the polls, we just don't know it.

"First of all, I was a very strong proponent of the Voter ID and I think there is a need in the election system to add integrity. I don't think we catch all of the voter fraud that goes on and I think it would be very difficult in our current system to find out," said Rep. Benson.

We do not know what happened in the three cases of voter fraud in Mower County because officials would not speak on that. We also checked with Freeborn County, they say they had no cases of voter fraud this year.

Though in the past, both Freeborn and Olmsted counties had a couple cases. These were all felons who didn't know if their rights had been restored.