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June 25, 2008

Report: McCain To Have Republicans Cut Back On Voter Fraud Efforts

Awesome!

Marc Ambinder has the story.

John McCain's election strategists plan to tone down the Republicans' traditionally aggressive and public campaign against potential voter fraud, several Republicans familiar with the situation say.

...Other high-ranking Republicans believe that is politically precarious to be so aggressive in the context of a presidential race against an African American.

"The Democrats will unfortunately try to bring race into play when this discussion happens, as they do every cycle, another top Republican who is advising the McCain campaign said. It's unfortunate because illegally cast votes disenfranchise real voters by potentially canceling out their votes, and it's in everyone's best interest to have elections conducted fairly with no suspicion of foul play hanging over the winners.

...Republicans close to the McCain campaign worry that outside groups will defy their wishes and mount independent efforts.

I don't know whether or not there's a backlash against Republicans for trying to ensure the integrity of ballots but I doubt that too many people who are actual or likely Republican voters are going to switch their votes based on it.

Regardless, I don't think this is an issue one should compromise on. There are laws and rules about who can vote and to not do everything you can to enforce them is a very bad idea. Every ineligible vote dilutes the value of a legitimate one.

If you don't think the problem exists take a look at Gateway Pundit's rundown on Democratic fraud activities from a few years back.

Maybe the McCain people really think provisional ballots provide enough security or maybe they just don't have the money for such an effort but abandoning this because you think you'll look bad is weak. Very weak.


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