Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis police are investigating accusations of illegal ballot harvesting for U.S Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) ahead of the primary election.
Right-wing activist group Project Veritas released several investigative videos that included multiple interviews with people who had illegally harvested ballots on behalf of Omar and Jamal Osman, a Minneapolis City Council candidate.
The videos showed multiple different campaign workers who explained exactly how they were paid, and how they paid other people, during a ballot harvesting scheme that prayed particularly on the Minneapolis Somali community’s elderly.
Sources said that ballot harvesting begins as soon as mail-in ballots are sent out, and that the massive complex of buildings at Cedar Riverside Apartments in Omar and Osman’s district was targeted.
Campaign workers explained that they would go around and collect all the ballots from the elderly and fill them out for them.
Another source said in the video that in the case of younger people and others who didn’t do mail-in ballots, they took them to the polls, told them how to vote, and paid them in cash after they got back in the van after voting.
Liban Mohamed, who said in the videos that he was the older brother of candidate Osman, posted a series of videos, mostly in his native tongue, that expressed his opinion that you couldn’t win without money.
Then multiple videos showed Mohamed promising payment to someone assisting him with ballot harvesting.
“They were carrying bags of money, the last one week here, to drive people And when you vote and they mark you off, then you get in the van and they give you cash,” a former campaign worker told Project Veritas.
Another source said the money was brought by Ali Gainey, the video showed.
“Ali Gainey is the campaign chair of Ilhan, and he is a staffer in her office,” the woman explained.
She said Gainey was “coordinating everything.”
Former campaign staff explained to Project Veritas that Omar’s campaign has perfected a system whereby they track the ballots of people in the district and hijack them upon arrival.
The source explained that Somali immigrants aren’t familiar with the way the U.S. voting system works and most don’t even realize that what is being done with their ballots is illegal.
The Minnesota Supreme Court recently upheld a rule that limited the number of ballots any individual could collect to three, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
Omar Jarmal, a Somali community activist, acted as a whistleblower on the liberal squad member’s actions, FOX News reported
“It’s an open secret,” Jarmal said. “She [Omar] will do anything that she can do to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that.”
President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversy after Project Veritas released the videos and called for a federal investigation of the alleged campaign fraud, FOX News reported.
“This is totally illegal,” the President tweeted on Monday. “Hope that the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota has this, and other of her many misdeeds, under serious review??? If not, why not??? We will win Minnesota because of her, and law enforcement. Saved Minneapolis & Iron O Range!”
Former Democratic Presidential primary contender, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) also called out the abuse of ballot harvesting by candidates from both parties on Twitter.
Project Veritas offers further evidence of the need to ban ballot harvesting. It's not a partisan issue. It's been abused to help both R & D candidates, including in North Carolina & California. Please help by telling your congressional rep to pass our bipartisan bill HR8285. https://t.co/AJequVVrzc
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) September 29, 2020
The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed their investigation into the allegations of election tampering, FOX News reported.
“The Minneapolis Police Department 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 police department said in a statement.