Police in Minneapolis are investigating a report by a right-wing activist group of alleged illegal ballot harvesting by supporters of Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota.
“We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in a Monday statement, according to Fox News. “No further information is available at this time on this.”
Project Veritas reported on Sunday that the Minnesota Democrat’s supporters were illegally collecting ballots and bragging about it on social media.
Although ballot harvesting, the act of a third-party collecting ballots from the residences of voters, is legal in many states, it is often limited to the number of ballots collected per individual. In the Project Veritas report , a man identified as Libon Mohamed was seen boasting about the large number of ballots he had collected.
Mohamed said he had collected “300 ballots for Jamal Osman,” who is a member of the Minneapolis City Council. The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that there is a three-person limit to the number of ballots that can legally be harvested.
“Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Look, all these are for Jamal Osman,” Mohamed said in the video.
President Trump called for an investigation into the report.
“This is totally illegal. 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!” Trump said in an early Monday morning tweet.
This is totally illegal. 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! https://t.co/yete31P680
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2020
Omar’s senior communications director Jeremy Slevin dismissed Project Veritas’s reporting as a distraction.
“The amount of truth to this story is equal to the amount Donald Trump paid in taxes of ten out of the last fifteen years: zero. And amplifying a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy,” he said according to Newsweek while referring to the New York Times report on Sunday about Trump’s tax returns.
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