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Minnesota’s Rep. Omar and Attorney General Ellison did not encourage voter fraud

April 22, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Minnesota’s U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar and Attorney General Keith Ellison urged people to vote twice in same election.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Social media posts have twisted the meaning of a popular 2012 campaign slogan to suggest Omar and Ellison encouraged voters to cast ballots twice on Election Day. 

THE FACTS: The posts used a photo originally shared on Instagram by Omar in 2012 that showed her and Ellison, both Democrats, pictured behind a banner reading: “Be nice, VOTE NO twice. We don’t need Voter ID.” The photo was taken during an Oct. 20, 2012, march that was held to oppose two Minnesota statewide ballot amendments _ one that would have required people to show a photo ID to vote and another that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Both initiatives eventually failed. Omar was a community activist at the time, and Ellison was a congressman.  Emily Rodvold, a graphic designer and activist, told The Associated Press that she developed the “vote no twice” motto to show opposition to the proposed ballot amendments. “That was not encouraging people to vote twice,” Rodvold said. “It was shorthand to tell people if you want to support gay marriage in the future and people’s voting rights, you need to vote no twice.”

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