Andy Birkey
Minnesota Independent
November 2, 2010

Minnesota media is reporting several instances of overzealous election challengers in polling places as the Republican Party of Minnesota ramps up its allegations of voter fraud. In several Minnesota precincts, reporters confirmed that GOP poll challengers have overstepped their bounds. Meanwhile, the GOP claims that ballot scanners were not working properly in some jurisdictions and that group home assistants have been telling people how to vote.

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Most election experts have indicated that there haven’t been widespread reports of voter intimidation or voter fraud. As Secretary of State Mark Ritchie tweeted today, “Voter intimidation reports in MPLS but mostly it is a smooth as silk voting day”

The Associated Press reports that in Hennepin County there have been some tense conversations between election judges and GOP challengers who don’t seem to understand the rules.

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Hennepin County Elections Manager Rachel Smith said that the poll challengers were entering restricted areas and making challenges that are against the rules. She told TPM, “I think we were very firm, we had to be very firm with some of the polling place challengers who wanted to have more range in the polling place than the law permitted them to.”

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