Updated: 06/28/2014 6:02 AM
Created: 06/28/2014 8:00 AM KAALtv.com
(KSTP) - Absentee voting started Friday, six weeks ahead of primary elections. Already there are strong allegations of voter fraud. The attorney for Phyllis Kahn says he got word Thursday night; there might be hundreds of people who are registering and voting using an address that's not their home.
Absentee voting kicked-off Friday morning in a hotly contested democratic primary race for the state house between incumbent Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor. Brian Rice, attorney for the Phyllis Kahn Volunteer Committee, claims there's voter fraud.
"I think there is a coordinated effort to use this address to bring voters into the DFL primary election on August 12, that's what I think is going on," Rice said. "It's wrong, it violates Minnesota Law, it's a crime."
According to voter registration records from the Secretary of State's office and the DFL Voter Activation Network more than 140 people used 419 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis as their home address, when they registered to vote. The address is for what's called Cedar Mailbox Center. The building manager and mail center's employees weren't comfortable speaking on camera, but they said they were surprised by the allegations. They say nobody put the wrong address on purpose. For 13 years, many Somali-Americans from all across the state have been getting their mail there. They say nobody lives there.
"We're asking for an investigation under laws that exist to get to the bottom of this matter," Rice said.
Under state law, you must live in the precinct where you're voting.
"It's possible that some of these new registrants have already voted, and if they don't live there, they've committed a felony," Rice said.
Friday afternoon, Rice brought this to the attention of Hennepin County Election officials by serving this petition.
"If we don't have integrity in our elections, we have nothing," Rice said.
Hennepin County election officials confirm they have received the petition and they are looking into it. They said they will have a response in five days. We reached out to the Mohamud Noor campaign for reaction to the petition that was filed, challenging voters at "419 Cedar Avenue South".
We have not heard back.