Republicans have been beating the ‘voter fraud’ drum for a long time, in an effort to justify voter suppression efforts against likely Democratic voters, including African-Americans and students (here‘s just one instance). However, they really haven’t been able to find very many cases of actual voter fraud. Until now (boldface mine):
Yesterday, a jury found Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) guilty on six felony counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury. The conviction cost White his job, though he plans to ask the judge to reduce the charges to misdemeanors and hopes to perhaps regain the position….
Ironically, White’s now-removed 2010 campaign website listed election integrity as among his top concerns, and promised he would “protect and defend Indiana’s Voter ID law to ensure our elections are fair and protect the most basic and precious right and responsibility of our democracy-voting.”
I guess this is protecting voting in the same way serial adulterer Newt Gingrich protects marriage.