October 3, 2020
On September 27, 2020, Project Veritas posted a video to YouTube that exposes several individuals in what appears to be an “open secret” ballot harvesting scam in the state of Minnesota.
The video opens with a Somali immigrant who is bragging on a video posted to his Twitter account:
“Money is everything. Money is the king of the world. If you can’t got money you should not be here, period. Money is everything and a campaign is driven by money. You can’t campaign with $200 or $100 you collected from your grandmother or grandfather. You cannot campaign with that.”
“You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these. My car is full. My car is full. … Just today we got 300 ballots for Jamal Osman.”
The video then flips to show a car full of absentee ballots.
Ballot harvesting, where one person collects and turns in ballots on behalf of other people, was legal for a period of 38 days this past summer. That law was changed, and now an individual can only deliver ballots for a maximum of three other people.
Though ballot harvesting for three others may be legal in Minnesota, the video shows a car full of ballots. The video goes on to explain that voters are paid to request ballots, leave them blank, sign them, and they are then paid between $100 and $200 to the individual in the video in return for a blank ballot. Using monetary compensation to sway their vote (or fraudulently vote for them) is not only illegal in Minnesota, it’s a federal crime.
The video then ties the scam to Ilhan Omar, who was elected to the US House of Representatives and is from Minnesota. Liberals on Twitter were quick to defend Ilhan Omar, incorrectly stating that mass ballot harvesting is legal in Minnesota and ignoring the fact that individuals secretly recorded in the video admitted to paying for blank ballots. Several outlets are now reporting that the scam is being investigated by law enforcement. Local news outlets have also picked up on the story.
We would urge you to watch this video in its entirety. Links to the video have already been blacklisted from liberal social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It’s likely that the video be ultimately taken down from YouTube as well.