Yesterday, the official Minnesota Secretary of State's website redirected voters to an ultra liberal website when they went to visit the "find my polling place" webpage. Users were sent to a D.C. based Progressive Change Campaign Committee called Bold Progressives - a group that endorsed Elizabeth Warren.
How on earth could something like this happen on a very important election day in Minnesota? It was the first presidential primary in a long time (Minnesota used to be a caucus state for presidential politics).
According to Secretary of State Steve Simon, the redirect occurred "in an urgent attempt to restore service, a staff person diverged from our emergency plan and, in a serious lapse of judgment, linked to a partisan website that contained polling place information."
What's even more concerning is that the website collects voter data. Imagine the thousands of Minnesotans who used the redirect to find where to vote and gave up their information to the liberal group.
If we believe the story from Simon, then the employee behind this should be fired. But we've heard nothing about the disciplinary action so far. Furthermore, how does someone with this kind of judgement get put in a position to manage a taxpayer funded, government official website?