Rewards offered for voter fraud convictions

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.

“We are putting a price on the heads of anyone who would attempt to organize people with the intent of cheating in our election,” said Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Majority, one of the organizations involved in the project. “We’ve received reports of organizers enticing people to vote fraudulently with small financial incentives such as gift cards. We’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.”

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.

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