Video Documents Ballot Harvesting in Minneapolis, Raises Concern for Well-Being of Elderly Voters

Last night, a video was released documenting the social media posts of a campaign worker engaging in ballot harvesting, and recording the claims that elderly voters are pressured to request and turn over their absentee ballots to campaign workers before they fill them out. 

Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake) Chair of the Senate State Government and Elections Committee released the following statement in response to the video:

“This video gives proof that ballot harvesting is happening. It’s so very sad that seniors are being threatened and terrorized to give over their ballots. Voting in person at a polling place or official office is the best protection from this abuse. No-excuse absentee voting seems to be an opening for this abuse of the system and changes are needed to protect people and our elections from manipulation. 

“In the meantime, I am calling on Secretary of State Simon, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Hennepin County to explain how they will protect these abused voters.”