Minneapolis Police Opens Investigation into Reports That Ilhan Omar’s Supporters Illegally Harvested Democrat Ballots in Minnesota
Harriet Alexander and Ariel Zilber, Daily Mail, September 28, 2020
Police in Minneapolis are investigating reports of voter fraud after video emerged that allegedly shows supporters of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar collecting absentee ballots.
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas claimed that Omar’s alleged backers were illegally harvesting ballots.
According to O’Keefe, Minneapolis resident Liban Mohamed – said to be a supporter of Omar – illegally collected some 300 ballots from primarily Somali immigrants to help his brother, City Councilman Jamal Osman.
Under Minnesota state law, only three absentee ballots can be collected by any one person.
Mohamed in turn accused O’Keefe on Twitter of ‘fake news’.
Omar Jamal, a Somali political operative, told Veritas that he believes ballot harvesters in the community are hired and take advantage of elderly community members.
He said that Ilhan Omar is connected to the alleged election fraud.
However neither he nor the videos provide any direct evidence of any connection to the congresswoman, who is also of Somali descent.
More than half of states allow a third party to collect ballots, and political groups and campaigns from both parties have run ballot-collection programs aimed at boosting turnout and ensuring voters who are older, homebound, disabled, or live far from US postal services can get their ballot returned.
In Minnesota, the law states that a third party can return no more than three ballots.
‘The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting,’ the police tweeted.
‘We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements. No further information is available at this time on this.’
‘This is totally illegal,’ the president tweeted in the early hours of Monday morning.
‘Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review???
‘If not, why not??? ‘We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement.
‘Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!’
Project Veritas said it obtained Snapchat videos from early July posted by Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis City Council member Jamal Osman.
Mohamed says in the video that he collected 300 absentee ballots in a single day for his brother’s special election race in Minneapolis’ Sixth Ward, which was held on August 11 – the same day as the statewide primary election.
Mohamed is also heard in the video saying: ‘money is everything, money is the king of this world. If you don’t have money you should not be here period.’
Republicans say that could be evidence of a cash-for-ballot scheme, though there’s no direct evidence in the videos of money being exchanged for ballots.