Republicans Find Voter Fraud — At Home

Republicans have been on a major crusade around the country enacting laws to restrict access to the voting booth, all in the name of fighting voter fraud.  It turns out those righteous Republicans who were so intent on protecting the integrity of the ballot box may actually be the problem, not the solution.

Those most likely to be disenfranchised by the new restrictions are blacks, Hispanics, the poor, the elderly, students, the disabled and others most inclined to vote Democratic.

Florida, a key battleground state with a significant Jewish population and which happens to skew older than the average, is a major target.  Or victim.

The restrictive new laws in 17 states are nearly all proposed, passed and signed by Republicans in the name of fighting fraud.

How serious is the problem?

All the objective sources and experts say voter fraud is negligible.  Indiana and South Carolina, which have enacted repressive new laws, have been unable to cite a single case of fraud in recent years in their states. But that didn’t stop them.

So far all the evidence of a voter fraud problem comes from the Republicans, who got caught cooking the registration books.

MSNBC’s Michael Issikoff reported:

 “The Republican National Committee is in damage control mode after a firm they hired to register voters in Florida and four other battleground states was hit with allegations of fraud. Republicans abruptly had to cut ties with Strategic Allied Consulting after it was linked to more than 100 questionable forms submitted in of all places, Florida 's Palm Beach County.”

According to the Miami Herald:

 “Republican party operatives were running what appear to be a fraudulent voter registration activities in at least nine Florida counties (including Miami-Dade) and probably more. And they were doing it with party money. Strategic Allied Consulting, the party’s highest paid vendor, reportedly collected $667,598 in July, and another $667,598 in August to register new voters.”

 “But it’s not like the Republicans didn’t know who they were hiring. Strategic Allied Consulting is run by a well-connected Arizona political consultant named Nathan Sproul with a national reputation for sleazy tactics.  [A former Sproul employee told the Herald that  employees] were encouraged to lie, cheat and…even destroy the registration forms of Democrats who’d registered to vote with Sproul canvassers.”

One dim bulb saw this as good news for the Republicans but bad for the Democrats when he blogged that this incident proves the Republicans were right in sounding an alarm about the threat of voter fraud.  What he left out was that it was the Republicans who were perpetrating the fraud. He reminds me of the arsonist fireman who started fires to justify keeping his job.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.