MN Majority thinks 86-year-old who voted twice shouldn't be charged with voter fraud

Categories: Crime, Voter ID
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Michael-Carlos Mitchell (@stmichael36)
What's next, Andy Parrish publicly supporting gays who want to marry?
Well, here's a twist -- Minnesota Majority, the paranoid group that led the charge for the failed voter ID amendment, is coming to the defense of an 86-year-old woman who voted twice and has been charged with felony voter fraud.

SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer blames voter ID failure on "misinformation"

St. Peter resident Margaret Schneiderman voted twice in a primary election last summer. She suffers from dementia and admits she voted twice, but says she simply didn't remember she'd casted an absentee ballot when she voted at her polling place a month later.

Nicollet County Attorney Michelle Zehnder told the Mankato Free Press she had no choice but charge Schneider. Zehnder cited a statute that says, "A county attorney who refuses or intentionally fails to faithfully perform [prosecute voter fraud] or any other duty imposed by this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall forfeit office."

But that law could soon change. According to the Free Press, "Bills are moving through the state Senate and House that would change the wording of the law so prosecutors have more discretion" in cases like Schneider's.

The coincidence of the harsh felony charge against Schneider and the proposed statutory change leads Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath to believe the whole thing is politically motivated. From a Minnesota Majority press release:
"In Minnesota's election laws, in order for this to be a crime, the voter would have to have intent to vote more than once," said Minnesota Majority president Dan McGrath. "Is there probable cause that [Schneider] deliberately, knowingly voted twice? If not, there's no crime. Prosecutors are trying to pretend that they have no choice but to prosecute in cases like this, but in reality, they have been making those decisions and choosing not to prosecute when intent can't be established for years under the current law."

"It may be that the county attorney is prosecuting Margaret Schneider in order to garner sympathy for her while inaccurately claiming the law that the County Attorneys Association happens to be lobbying to change compels her. It smacks of cold political calculation. The law doesn't need to be changed. If the prosecution can't prove that Schneider knowingly voted twice, she won't be convicted, and following the actions of other county attorneys and the law, probably should not have been charged," McGrath said.
Politics aside, it seems everyone can can agree on one thing: Given her age and cognitive condition, poor old Margaret Schneider shouldn't face a felony voter fraud charge.


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TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Hmmm, I guess she will never be allowed to vote again

ARTICLE VII

Section 1. Eligibility; place of voting; ineligible persons.

Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

 @dotbell3  did you even graduate HS? This has zero to do with partisanship you pea brain hick. It is about fools with power. fools like you with the power to post idiocy

jegelkrout
jegelkrout

Oh sure she has dementia.  Sure.  She's faking it and they know it.  Throw her in jail.  THAT will teach her to commit voter fraud.  Wait - who did she vote for?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Yeah this is an outrage.  Minnesota Majority is only trying to stop minorities from voting, not old people with dementia.  Old people with dementia are one of the Republican Party's biggest voting blocs.   We must end this outrage.  Voter fraud only counts when its people voting for liberals. 

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

why don't they just hang her on live television? this was the goal of their pursuit after all, was it not? this demented soul is the real threat to American exceptionalism! this is the wizened face of true evil! we must obey the code! an example must be made! she must suffer shamefully for her sins against the homeland! sic semper tyrannis! we can afford no mercy for such self-identified enemies of the state!!! teach her a lesson.

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

She has dementia! Of course she shouldn't be charged!

dotbell3
dotbell3

@jegelkrout It was not Obummer or she be getting a union or federal job, maybe community voting organizer.

dotbell3
dotbell3

@MicheleBachmann  What welfare office did I see you at again and how many times did you vote for King Obummer?

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

@Jason Bistodeau Right, but she should never be allowed to vote again. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Why wouldn't I vote for the guy that saved the American auto industry and killed Osama Bin Laden?    Must be sad that your racism makes you hate America.  A true patriot would remember how they felt on 9/11 and be thankful we had such a smart President who wouldn't fail in punishing the asshole that murdered 3000 Americans.  America hating idiots like you make me sick.  The Republicans at best were stupid cowards not smart enough to catch Bin Laden, at worst they were letting him roam free to keep people scared.  Whatever it is, you are a pathetic slimeball not to give Obama the respect he has earned.  What have you ever done in your life you stupid bum?   

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