Somali Immigrants Charged With Illegal Double Voting in Minn.

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About 50 men and women packed a Rice County courtroom Tuesday afternoon as two Somali women pleaded not guilty to charges of voter fraud stemming from the general election last November.

Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge of unlawful voting for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. Each woman faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the offense.

The women, both naturalized U.S. citizens, were charged June 21.

With Minneapolis-based defense attorney Julie Nelson at their side, Dool and Hassan each entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday afternoon. As was the case with their first court appearances, the women were backed by family members, friends, neighbors and advocates all listening closely to the proceedings.  Supporters of the women say that their actions were an honest mistake that should not be punished with a felony charge. Nelson took the defense a step further during an interview after the hearing.

I find it offensive that these women have been criminally charged,” Nelson said. “These women came to this country, they are naturalized citizens, and they wanted to vote.”

"About 50 men and women packed a Rice County courtroom Tuesday afternoon as two Somali women pleaded not guilty to charges of voter fraud stemming from the general election last November.  Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge of unlawful voting for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. Each woman faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the offense.

But will U.S. Attorney Todd Jones act?  Double voting in a federal election is a federal crime.  So far, the U.S. Justice Department has been slack in enforcing this federal law which protects federal (as opposed to state) interests.  Meloweese Richardson in Ohio still has not been charged with double voting.  Neither has Wendy Rosen in Maryland.  There are more.  Why isn't Eric Holder's Justice Department enforcing federal laws against double voting?  Is it because they voted for the right candidates? Might it have something else to do with the perpetrators? These days, it could be anything.



 
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  • August 28, 2013 Rob Crawford wrote:
    How is it an "honest mistake" to vote twice?
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  • August 28, 2013 justaguy wrote:
    Because, shut up!
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  • August 28, 2013 DocRambo wrote:
    Not way this event will persevere through the judicial system, political correctness and the loss of the rule of law will prevail and this will be swept under the rug and these women let off. Remember: 1) They are Black 2) They are Muslim 3) They are Obamanites 4)They will claim ignorance of the law, and that is OK if multicultural diversity interests are to be served 5) The Acorn offshoots who told them to do it will never be identified (You think they came up with the scheme themselves? These are subjugated Muslim women who only do what they are told!)Thank you, once again, Mr. Holder for making the Grand Old USA a Third World banana republic, and the laughing stock of the Western Hemisphere.
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  • August 28, 2013 SteveAR wrote:
    I think if anything, the federal government not charging anyone with vote fraud, even if there is evidence showing it occurred, maintains the Democrat illusion that nobody has committed voter fraud because the federal government hasn't convicted anyone of it.
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  • August 28, 2013 robert wrote:
    The Feds have been.....slack? Nice word for them failing to do their sworn duty.

    Wonder who taught these women how to do this?
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  • August 28, 2013 SwetOlBob wrote:
    How do you think the failed comic jerk Frankel got elected ? This is just the tip of the ice berg. If closesly examined, you'll find MANY Somali iregularties.
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  • August 28, 2013 frank wrote:
    Why are we allowing immigrants from one of the most backward and violent areas of radical Islam in the entire world?
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  • August 28, 2013 RebeccaH wrote:
    If they've been in this country long enough to become naturalized citizens, they've been here long enough to know that voting twice is illegal.
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  • August 28, 2013 JWJ wrote:
    Isn't there a DOJ memo or an Executive order that if a person votes more than once AND votes Democrat there should be prosecutorial discretion to not prosecute?
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  • August 28, 2013 JoyO wrote:
    We cannot wait for the current DOJ which is run by extremist Progressives to do anything. Each state must recognize it is their responsibility to ensure that voter fraud does not occur. Too many districts in the 2012 elections had over 100% of their registered voters vote. I was just reading last week that a lady who had been dead for the past five years is still voting.
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  • August 29, 2013 Syanis wrote:
    How about revoking their citizenship and deporting them. Voter fraud should be a felony that results in immigrants naturalized and not being deported and blacklisted. Its an attack on US Sovereignty and US Citizens as a whole. But the DOJ will support these women as one could bet they voted Dem.
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  • September 1, 2013 Codydog wrote:
    Since when is ignorance of the law an excuse. I don't believe ANY Muslim country would allow us to plead ignorance, say for carrying a bible. Voting twice is not a misunderstanding; it is criminal and they should be charged and punished accordingly. If they voted twice for Romney, they would be hanged.
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