Rewards of up to $500 are being offered to Minnesotans for information that leads to conviction in voter fraud cases.
Election Integrity Watch, a coalition of conservative groups, announced it would offer the rewards a few days after saying that it will recruit volunteers to watch the polls on Nov. 2 for voter fraud.
â€œWe are putting a price on the heads of anyone who would attempt to organize people with the intent of cheating in our election,â€ said Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority, one of the organizations involved in the project. â€œWeâ€™ve received reports of organizers enticing people to vote fraudulently with small financial incentives such as gift cards. Weâ€™ve also seen evidence of this illegal practice in the official incident logs from the 2008 election. We will now offer individuals a more lucrative incentive for turning-in these organizers of voter fraud.â€
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, in charge of elections statewide, says there are few reports of voter fraud across the state. He is a Democrat, but many Republicans call for new laws to reduce what they see as fraud and the potential for more fraud.