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U of M students may face election-vouching fraud probe

Officials will investigate reports of possible election fraud involving University of Minnesota students, the Minnesota Daily reports.
The story says two people allegedly tried to vouch for people they did not know, which is against state law.

Officials will investigate reports of possible election fraud involving University of Minnesota students, the Minnesota Daily reports.

The story says two people allegedly tried to vouch for people they did not know, which is against state law. In Minnesota’s same-day registration system, a registered voter can vouch for others — whom they know — who have not preregistered and do not have proper identification or paperwork verifying their residency in the precinct.

An election judge at the University Lutheran Church precinct reported to Hennepin County voting officials that students associated with Students Organizing for America, which is described as a group aligned with the Democratic Party, were congregating outside the polling spot and apparently “assigning” registered students to vouch for others.

The judge said one of those “vouchers” said she did not know the people she was planning to vouch for.

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In another case, a voter in the registration line was told about registration requirements and then asked a man behind her, who was an Organizing for America regional field director, to vouch for her. But the judge said it was obvious they did not know each other.

More than 500 of the 800 people who voted at that site were same-day registrations, officials said.