Republicans like to argue that there’s all sorts of voter fraud taking place, and that’s why it’s important to put obstacles between people and their votes. I’ve always suspected that the concern over voting fraud is a pretext for policies that reduce the number of people who vote and the Republicans guess (rightly) that the most likely to dissuaded are Democratic voters. Given that, this admission by one of the fired US attorneys is an interesting data point:
Another fired prosecutor, John McKay, of Seattle, tells NEWSWEEK that local Republicans pressured him to launch a criminal probe of voting fraud that would tilt a deadlocked Washington governor's race. "They wanted me to go out and start arresting people," he says, adding that he refused to do so because there was "no evidence."