In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout.
That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in "Who's Counting?", a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. ...
One example: 1,099 felons illegally voted in the 2008 Minnesota race for U.S. Senator that Al Franken won by 312 votes; despite reluctant prosecutors, 177 have been convicted of voting fraud. With "evidence suggesting that felons, when they do vote, strongly favor Democrats, it doesn't require a leap to suggest there might one day be proof that Al Franken was elected on the strength of voter fraud."
Meanwhile, the Justice Department seems to be moving purely on political grounds, suing to prevent election laws making it easier for military members to vote while simultaneously suing to prevent states from adopting voter ID laws, though the latter have already been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court. [Krauthammer]