Republicans have a hard-on for voter fraud. Or so it would seem. It is, they claim, their main motivation for Voter ID laws and stricter voter registration rules. Some might argue that they seek to limit access to the polls by minorities and the poor since those folks tend to not vote Republican, but, no-no, Republicans claim. This is to preserve one of the most sacred of American activities - the vote - from those who seek to exploit it.
Never mind that, statistically speaking, you're more likely to get struck by lightning than you are to come across an issue of legitimate voter fraud, Republicans' KNOW it's going on.
And how do they know it's going on? Because they're the ones doing it.
"[In Indiana, he's ] the man charged with upholding election integrity in Indiana -- was convicted of six felonies on Saturday, including three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of theft."
In December 2011, he was found guilty "of all four counts he faced, including conspiracy to influence or attempt to influence a voter's decision whether to go to the polls through the use of fraud and conspiracy to publish campaign material without an authority line."
Schurick's legal fees were paid for by the Ehrlich campaign - meaning that those who gave money to Ehrlich's campaign helped pay for the defense of voter fraud.
So when it comes to voter fraud, lightning has just struck twice. And both times it hit Republicans who are committing it.
And given he party's willingness to embrace voter fraud, it seems more probably that new Voter ID laws in Red States are more likely about voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression than they are about protecting a noble American activity from those who seek to abuse it.