Voter fraud suspected. The suspect? A Massachusetts Republican.


Voter fraud is extremely rare, rarer than getting struck by lightning. But it does occur. Rarely. And notably this time the alleged perp was... well, I'll let the Boston Globe fill you in:

The district attorney in Hampden County is investigating whether a ­Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hope of winning a primary election.

State election officials were tipped off to the potential voter fraud when a suspiciously large number of residents of the Springfield suburb of East Longmeadow suddenly changed party registration from Democrat to independent, making them eligible to vote in the upcoming Republican primary. [...]

Secretary of State William F. ­Galvin, who referred the case to District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni for possible criminal prosecution, said the alleged scheme is extremely unusual in Massachusetts and could lead to jail time for anyone involved.

How ironic that after all the Republican Voter I.D. laws and attempts to make early registration more difficult for Democratic districts (but not GOP ones), it's a Republican who is being investigated for voter fraud?

All our posts on voter suppression are here, with a good recap here.