By Tom Hintgen
Otter Tail County Correspondent
Even though 18 months have gone by since the November 2020 election, critics still point to election fraud in many states. Minnesota is not immune.
“The 2020 election in this country, including Minnesota, was fundamentally fair, accurate, honest and secure,” says Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. “And that’s not just what I say. That’s what Donald Trump’s own attorney general William Barr said explicitly.”
In addition, Simon said that the FBI director that Trump appointed, and who still runs the agency, also said explicitly, under oath, that there was no widespread election fraud in 2020.
After the 2020 election Trump and his supporters lost at least 63 election lawsuits all across the nation. Nearly all were dismissed due to lack of evidence by judges, several of who were appointed by Trump himself.
“Even now, if someone has evidence of suspected voting misconduct or wrongdoing, they can go to law enforcement,” Simon said. “The clock never runs out.”
Well-trained voting judges, use of updated voting equipment, and secure vote tabulations from 92 precincts made for fair and safe elections in Otter Tail County in 2020.
Otter Tail County Auditor-Treasurer Wayne Stein said he has worked with the Minnesota Secretary of State Office for many years and says they have always been focused on fairness of elections.
“People are well trained at the state level just like at the local level here in Otter Tail County, prior to primary and general elections,” Stein said.