Byron York: How Al Franken Stole The Election With The Help of 1,099 Felons’ Vote

In the ’08 campaign, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman was running for re-election against Democrat Al Franken. It was impossibly close; on the morning after the election, after 2.9 million people had voted, Coleman led Franken by 725 votes.
Franken and his Democratic allies dispatched an army of lawyers to challenge the results. After the first canvass, Coleman’s lead was down to 206 votes. That was followed by months of wrangling and litigation. In the end, Franken was declared the winner by 312 votes. He was sworn into office in July 2009, eight months after the election.

During the controversy a conservative group called Minnesota Majority began to look into claims of voter fraud. Comparing criminal records with voting rolls, the group identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken-Coleman race.
Minnesota Majority took the information to prosecutors across the state, many of whom showed no interest in pursuing it. But Minnesota law requires authorities to investigate such leads. And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted — not just accused, but convicted — of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial. “The numbers aren’t greater,” the authors say, “because the standard for convicting someone of voter fraud in Minnesota is that they must have been both ineligible, and ‘knowingly’ voted unlawfully.” The accused can get off by claiming not to have known they did anything wrong.

Still, that’s a total of 243 people either convicted of voter fraud or awaiting trial in an election that was decided by 312 votes. With 1,099 examples identified by Minnesota Majority, and with evidence suggesting that felons, when they do vote, strongly favor Democrats, it doesn’t require a leap to suggest there might one day be proof that Al Franken was elected on the strength of voter fraud.


  • mfernandez57MN

    Don’t forget all those votes “found” days after the election, in the trunk of a “DemocRAT” poll worker’s car. And wouldn’t you know, the majority were for Franken.

  • Ciaran

    The Christ tried to warn every-one. John 8:38-44. King James, natch. It’s been TWO THOUSAND years. When will alleged Christians “get it”?

  • Doug Rodrigues

    Al Franken got away with it, and in the Sal Alinski philosophy, that’s acceptable. The big question is…why do ANY Americans still vote for Democrats? The DNC dishonesty has been demonstrated over and over again. Are people THAT stupid?

    • notax1776

      Yes, they are that stupid

    • James W. Kelly

      No, many are just simply lazy and want a free ride as given by the democrats. Why work when you can just skate thru life?

  • URKiddinMee

    The fact that the election was even close enough for the dems to steal is enough reason to conclude that Minnesotans DESERVE this clown. Unfortunately much of the rest of the country does NOT, yet we are stuck with him and the damage he does for another 3 years.

  • Sutekh

    A comedian is elected to Congress. That’s the joke.

  • tevra

    the question is why would anyone vote for a creep like Franken and why did our party let that weasel in as a member

  • tevra

    the question is why would anyone vote for a creep like Franken and why did our party let that weasel in as a member

  • Donald Joy

    Franken’s vote is what got Obamacare rammed through. Further proof that Obamacare is NOT a legitimate piece of legislation.

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