Florida voter fraud investigations come up empty... again


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JIMCROWCCHIO voter suppression cartoon by Bill Day Caglecartoons.com"JIMCROWCCHIO" via Bill Day, Caglecartoons.com

I will keep writing about this until we see a major change, which means I'll be writing about this for quite awhile:

Voter I.D. laws (AKA poll taxes) that GOP-run states are implementing are completely unnecessary, because voter fraud is nearly non-existent.

Read that again, Republicans: Voter fraud is nearly non-existent.

And Voter I.D. laws prevent voters from voting. Especially elderly voters. And young voters. And non-white voters. And disabled voters. And any voter unable to come up with enough money to buy an I.D. card or pay for a birth certificate request (should they be one of those Americans who never got one or lost theirs).

And any voter who is unable to find and/or afford transportation to an official Voter I.D. agency.

In other words, mostly Democratic voters, which is exactly why GOP-run states are itching to enforce these partisan, unjustified laws.

That’s called “voter suppression.”

Voter identification is fine as long as it's free and easily accessible. Period. Instead, Republicans see it as a way to prevent Americans from practicing the most fundamental expression of democracy.

Back in July 2012, Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman said that Voter I.D. laws would help Mitt Romney in a close race.

Romney lost.

But Grothman wasn’t the only one who said that out loud. Remember back in June 2012 when Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said Voter ID laws would help Romney win in his state?

Romney lost.

Which brings us to Florida. Former Florida GOP leaders, including Charlie Crist, said that voter suppression was the reason for new state election laws.

Former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that state Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and called his fellow Republicans “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies.”

And via HuffPo, Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter was on a panel hosted by the Pew Center and came right out and said this:

“A lot of us are campaign officials — or campaign professionals — and we want to do everything we can to help our side. Sometimes we think that’s voter ID, sometimes we think that’s longer lines — whatever it may be.”

Now this, via the Miami Herald Blog:

[N]ine months after the ballots have been counted, where exactly are the culprits of voter registration fraud?

Keep looking because the the Florida Department of Law Enforcement hasn’t found them yet.

On Friday, the agency released the results of two more cases involving allegations of voter registration fraud.

In a probe of the Florida New Majority Education Fund, which aims to increase voter registration among under-represented groups, the FDLE concluded it could make no arrests.

In a second probe, involving Strategic Allied Consulting, a vendor for the Republican Party of Florida, an arrest was made of a man who stole the identity of a former girlfriend’s ex-husband. He admitted to fraudulently filling out two voter registration forms. And that was it.

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