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Voter Fraud is a Fraud
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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother ...
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Since 1997, Eric has owned and operated Bergeson Nursery, rural Fertile, MN, a business his grandfather started in 1937. With the active participation of his parents, who owned the business for the previous twenty five years, and his younger brother Joe, who is now president of the company, the business has nearly tripled in size during Eric’s ownership tenure. The holder of a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Dakota, Eric has taught courses in history and political science at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He is also an adjunct lecturer in history for Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. Eric’s hobbies include Minnesota Twins baseball, Bach organ music, bookstores, hiking, photography, singing old country music with his brother Joe, and watching the wildlife on the swamp in front of his house eight miles outside of Fertile, Minn.
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The Ohio Secretary of State ordered that any suspicious ballot out of the 5.6 million cast in Ohio be investigated. They found only 135 suspicious ballots, and those votes weren't organized in favor of one party or another. The entire notion that there is massive voter fraud is false. Republicans used the fear of fraud to introduce voter ID measures designed to decrease voting amongst minorities and the very old, as well as college students. It was a cynical, diabolical ploy to win elections by denying people they don't like the right to vote. These facts were known all along, but the Republican propaganda machine ginned up the voter ID issue to the extent that many of their more gullible followers still think voter fraud is an actual problem. 

Another point: Of the 135 suspicious ballots cast in Ohio and the 110 cast in the Franken/Coleman contest, another election where every ballot and registration was studied, not a single one of the wrongly cast ballots would have been prevented by the proposed voter ID measure. 

People who supported this measure were duped. There is no rational basis for voter ID laws beyond what we have now. And it is unconscionable to deliberately make it more difficult for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote. 

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