State Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL – Minneapolis), issued the following statement in response to a report alleging widespread voter fraud among felons:
“A report issued this week by Minnesota Majority claims that many ineligible felons cast ballots in the 2008 election. While I’m skeptical about the data, I am certainly concerned about anyone voting who is not eligible to vote in Minnesota. There has been confusion about when and if felons are allowed to vote. I authored a bill in 2010 that would address these concerns and lay out guidelines. The bill requires the Secretary of State to develop a comprehensive publication on the voting rights of individuals who have been charged with or convicted of a felony. This measure was passed on to Governor Pawlenty, who vetoed the bill.