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Election fraud claims 'foolish and irresponsible,' says Minnesota secretary of state

Secretary of state calls GOP claims of vote manipulation "insulting."


December 3, 2020

FILE - In this March 16, 2018 file photo, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon discusses election security issues in his St. Paul, Minn. office. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski,File)

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon warned one of his predecessors this week that any suggestion that fraud swung the outcome of the 2020 election was "foolish and irresponsible" as he sought to tamp down misinformation about the vote's integrity.

State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, the Big Lake Republican who chairs the Senate's elections committee, had pressed him for details last month on the August primary and November general election as she cited "anecdotal reports of irregular election activity, questions on software, equipment malfunctions and other concerns during this year's election."

In a letter late Tuesday to Kiffmeyer, Simon, a Democrat, repeated his assessment that the Nov. 3 vote was free from fraud. Echoing state and federal officials' conclusions, Simon described the election as a "tremendous success" that required an "unprecedented effort" from officials across all levels of government to administer the vote amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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