'Rampant Voter Fraud' Not Rampant

RECEIVED Sun., May 18, 2008

Dear Editor,
    So state Attorney General Greg Abbott, after two years and with a $1.4 million federal “crime fighting” budget to waste, has found exactly 26 cases of “rampant voter fraud” and only eight which actually involved fraud. At least The Dallas Morning News gave the story prominent Sunday coverage – not a word in the Statesman. Instead of prosecuting the people who carry sealed mail-in ballots to the mailbox for the elderly or disabled for not signing the envelope (as 18 of his 26 “cases” were, purely technical rule violations), he might consider pursuing a problem that actually exists.
    I suppose it’s purely a coincidence that all 26 “cases” involved Democratic voters, and nearly all were Hispanic or African-Americans. There is no Republican Caucasian voter fraud apparently. We can’t really tell how many complaints his office has received, because he won’t release those figures. I wonder why. With $1.4 million to squander on this disenfranchising witch hunt, that’s more than $53,000 per case if you count them all as cases. If you count the real fraud prosecutions, all eight of them (!), you come up with the bargain price of $175,000 per fraudulent vote.
    I have an idea. I’ll drum up some funds, and maybe Abbott can spearhead a snipe hunt. Or help stomp out the rampant unicorn infestation plaguing the state.
    After this debacle, Abbott is still pushing unnecessary photo ID legislation. Apparently, anything that can be done to shave off even the smallest percentage of Democratic votes is worth spending my money on. Maybe his title should be attorney generous.
Steve Basile
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