After the conclusion of the 2020 election, five ineligible voters were charged with “various forms of voter fraud” in Stearns County.
To date, only one has been sentenced:
- Bradley A. Haugen was sentenced earlier this month to “two years’ probation and ordered to pay $214 in fines and fees after pleading guilty to a felony count of intentionally making a false or untrue statement on an absentee ballot application.” Mr. Haugen was a convicted felon who was sentenced to five years’ probation that does not expire until October 2023. That means that he’s ineligible to vote or register to vote until which time his probation expires. His attorney noted that Mr. Haugen did not return the absentee ballot he received in the mail. It is also worth noting that this is, according to the Star Tribune, “the first time the County Attorney’s Office has prosecuted an ineligible voter for merely applying for an absentee ballot.” Progress.
Felony charges are also pending for the following individuals in Stearns County:
- Hassan Abdulkadir and Calia Bynum, both of St. Cloud, who, according to the Star Tribune, “voted in person illegally on Nov. 3, 2020. Both said they were unaware that being on probation for a felony conviction prevented them from voting.”
- Sarah Nesenson, “while on probation for a felony drug offense, sent in her voter registration application.”
- Jill D. Kelley, who “allegedly voted twice in the March 2020 primary, once by absentee and again in person.”
NOTE TO READERS: If you see voter fraud prosecutions like this being charged in your county, please send the newspaper article to: firstname.lastname@example.org[.] New laws aimed at prohibiting ineligible voters from casting ballots doesn’t do any good if county attorneys don’t prosecute offenders. The Freedom Foundation would like to make note of it when they do.