The looming potential for fraud in the 2012 Presidential Election was how Republicans justified strict measures in Florida that made it tougher to register voters. So nine months after the ballots have been counted, where exactly are the culprits of voter registration fraud? Keep looking because the the Florida Department of Law Enforcement hasn’t found them yet. On Friday, the agency released the results of two more cases involving allegations of voter registration fraud. In a probe of the Florida New Majority Education Fund, which aims to increase voter registration among under-represented groups, the FDLE concluded it could make no arrests. In a second probe, involving Strategic Allied Consulting, a vendor for the Republican Party of Florida, an arrest was made of a man who stole the identity of a former girlfriend’s ex-husband. He admitted to fraudulently filling out two voter registration forms. And that was it. Read report here.
The rather meager findings of both investigations were in keeping with others that have concluded this year. None have found fraud on a significant scale.
Two other cases involving Strategic Allied Consulting, based in Miami and Tallahassee, remain open, but even Gov. Rick Scott, who perhaps sounded the alarm of fraud loudest, appears to have moved on.
So far, the paltry findings suggest that the threat of fraud was never as serious as Republicans made it, or that the investigations into fraud have not been thorough enough to find serious wrongdoing.