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Talking Points: Voter fraud, US Attorneys and Suppressing the Vote

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The idea that fraudulent voting is undermining elections is myth promulgated by the Bush Administration and its partisan partners.



The New York Times reports: “Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.” (In 5-years, scant evidence of voter fraud. New York Times. April 12, 2007.)



The New York Times editorializes: “The more we learn about the White House’s purge of United States attorneys, the more a single thread runs through it: the Bush administration’s campaign to transform the minor problem of voter fraud into a supposed national scourge.” (The fantasy behind the scandal. New York Times. April 15, 2007.)

Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, writes: “Republicans seem to believe that if they lost an election, somebody cheated. That delusion has not only led them to chase after unsubstantiated rumors of fake voters but also to put in place unconstitutional restrictions at the ballot box.” (GOP still can't find those FVs — fake voters. Atlanta-Journal-Constitution. April 16, 2007.)

The Akron Beacon Journal concludes: “What has this widespread, systematic pursuit of suspected widespread, systematic fraud produced? Very little -- at the federal level or in Ohio.” (Desperately seeking voter fraud: The evidence puts into perspective the Republican accusations. April 16, 2007.)

The Bush Administration fired Iglesias and McKay because they refused to bring groundless, politically motivated voter fraud cases.



Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff writes that “Iglesias told NEWSWEEK he had been repeatedly pushed by New Mexico GOP officials to prosecute workers for ACORN, an activist group that was registering voters in minority neighborhoods, but he found no cases worth bringing.” (Rove: A moving target. April 11, 2007.)

The Albuquerque Tribune reports that: “Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was fired after Sen. Pete Domenici, who had been unhappy with Iglesias for some time, made a personal appeal to the White House, the Journal has learned.” (Domenici sought Iglesias Ouster. April 15. 2007.)

The Washington Post reports that “John McKay of Washington state, who had decided two years earlier not to bring voter fraud charges that could have undermined a Democratic victory in a closely fought gubernatorial race, said White House counsel Harriet Miers and her deputy, William Kelley, "asked me why Republicans in the state of Washington would be angry with me." (Ex-prosecutor says he faced partisan questions before firing. March 26, 2007.


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