The Minneapolis Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations of voter fraud highlighted by a Project Veritas video over the weekend.
On Monday, the police said that they are now “looking into” the evidence brought to light by the independent video organization that involves a campaign worker for Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Minneapolis Police wrote on Twitter:
“ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER FRAUD BEING EVALUATED. ✅ The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting. We are in the process of looking into the validity of those statements. No further information is available at this time on this.”
The Project Veritas investigation purports to show that Omar’s campaign staff engaged in illegal ballot harvesting and a cash-for-ballots scheme in district in Minneapolis. In its sting, Project Veritas showed what appears to be an illegal effort to harvest absentee ballots.
Project Veritas footage shows Liban Mohamed, brother of Minneapolis city council member Jamal Osman, stating in a Snapchat video:
“Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman. I have 300 ballots in my car right now. … Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Look, all these are for Jamal Osman.”
An anonymous person identified by Project Veritas as a former Minneapolis political worker told the organization that Omar’s campaign deputy district director Ali Isse Gainey was coordinating ballot harvesting from elderly people at a housing complex called the Charles Horn Towers, ahead of the Minnesota primary on August 8. The individual also said women and young people were paid for their ballots during the primary.
“The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has received no information or cases involving so-called ballot harvesting in any elections held in Hennepin County this year. If Project Veritas has evidence of election law violations, they should provide it to the Minneapolis Police Department,” read a statement by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s office following the release of the video.
Posting on Twitter, President Donald Trump described Project Veritas’ findings as “totally illegal,” adding that he hoped the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota would review the evidence.
On late Monday night, Project Veritas released the second part of its investigation, which revealed cash exchanged for an absentee ballot by an Omar-connected ballot harvester.
The individual bought a registration form for an absentee ballot from a voter with $200 of “pocket money.” The harvester then expected to collect the ballot after the voter received it.
“Okay, when I fill it out, I will bring it to you,” the voter stated on camera.
A second tape contained an admission from a ballot harvester who admitted to making an $800 payment for a ballot.