Republicans and Voter Fraud: “We have met the enemy and they are us”

The Republican Party in Florida now faces a voter fraud scandal in the key error/hanging chad/fraud-prone state of Florida.

The Florida Republican Party has fired a consulting firm — run by a controversial Republican strategist — after the firm submitted more than 100 questionable voter registrations in Palm Beach County. That county was precisely where in 2000 controversial ballots and hanging chads led to George W. Bush’s election by the Supreme Court, not by popular or electoral vote.

An Associated Press story reported today:

The Republican Party of Florida used Virginia-based Strategic Allied Consulting to help register and turnout voters in Florida, one of a shrinking handful of states President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are contesting.
The Florida state party had paid the firm more than $1.3 million so far, and the Republican National Committee used the group for almost $3 million of work in Nevada, North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia.
“We have zero tolerance for any threat to the integrity of elections. When we were informed of an alleged incident we immediately cut all ties to the company,” RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer said.
The state party similarly sought to distance itself from the firm and its main operative, Nathan Sproul.

Sproul, a well-known right-wing activist from Arizona, has worked with the Republican Party in other key states and has faced controversy before.

Ironically, the GOP has marshaled a series of efforts — almost always in swing states — across the country to demand voter id’s, with the claim that fraud is rampant. That is not true. The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The center’s analysis has reported that “Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare.”

Interesting case — now Republicans can argue that cases of voter fraud are increasing — the 100 questioned registrations are more than the number of challenged voter fraud cases across the United States in the last 10 years. A fitting aphorism: “We have met the enemy and they are us.”

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