The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota offered a $1,000 reward Monday to anyone who can prove a case in which someone in the state has been charged or convicted of impersonating a voter. State ACLU Executive Director Charles Samuelson said his organization put up the bounty to show a Republican-proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photo identification at the polls is not needed. Samuelson said ACLU attorneys have not been able to find a single case of voter impersonation in the past 10 years.
“If you can’t find a crime, why change the law?” he asked at a Capitol news conference where he stood behind a stack of 1,000 $1 bills.
In response, the voter ID bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, noted the U.S. Supreme Court has found that “voter impersonation is incredibly hard to detect and is nearly impossible to prosecute, yet it has said we know for a fact that it occurs.” In Minnesota? “Of course,” Kiffmeyer said.