Political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich guilty of conspiring to suppress black voter turnout

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Voter suppression is a huge problem, and it's getting worse.  That's why the NAACP is all over it, fighting against Voter I.D. laws that potentially disenfranchise millions, and that's why I keep writing about it.

At least now one person is being held accountable. That's a start:

(AP)  BALTIMORE — A Baltimore jury Tuesday convicted a political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich of conspiring to suppress black voter turnout during the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Paul Schurick was found guilty of all four counts he faced, including conspiracy to violate state election laws and attempting to influence a voter's decision whether to go to the polls through the use of fraud.

Schurick had testified that he rejected campaign consultant Julius Henson's black voter suppression strategy but later approved an automated telephone call sent on Election Day to about 110,000 Democratic voters in heavily black jurisdictions. The call told them to relax because Gov. Martin O'Malley had already won.

Republicans love to whine and screech about Big Bad (defunct) ACORN and the non-issue of voter fraud (as opposed to election fraud). They should take a good, long look in the mirror.

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