Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Vote fraud

Minneapolis man fraudulently signed 13 absentee ballots, charges say

Minneapolis man fraudulently signed 13 absentee ballots, charges sayPhoto: KSTP
Updated: November 05, 2019 02:48 PM
A warrant has been issued for a Minneapolis man who is accused of fraudulently signing absentee ballots as a witness.
Abdihakim Amin Essa, 22, is wanted on 13 counts of intentionally making or signing a false certificate, according to a document filed in Hennepin County District Court on Thursday.
The court filing alleges that on July 30, 2018, two election workers at the Hennepin County Election Center claimed to have seen Essa, who was working as an election "helper" to voter registrants and absentee voters, bring a woman in for registration. The woman did not have the right identification to register and was told to come back. When she returned with a different "helper," the address on her voter registration had changed.
The election workers then found Essa and asked him about the discrepancy in addresses. He told them that he had been signing absentee ballots by signing his father's name, Amin Aar, because he was not a U.S. citizen. Essa also admitted to working for a campaign, according to the document. One of the election workers later confirmed that Essa's father was a registered voter.
Election officials then inspected an estimated 9,000 ballots in search of envelopes that Essa had signed either as himself or in his father's name, the court filing states. They were able to find 13 such absentee ballots, which were then discarded. The affected voters were sent letters telling them their ballots had been rejected and they would need to vote again.
The Minneapolis police sergeant who filed the complaint in court was not able to find Essa on two different dates. He is still not in custody.

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