Since fewer people read the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic), it’s not surprising that this front page report might have been missed. Headlined “Migrant vote-fraud cases are rare in Arizona,” the increasingly anorexic newspaper uses its “findings” to take pot shots at…who else…Republicans. The article names Gov. Jan Brewer, Attorney General Tom Horne and Secretary of State Ken Bennett among those asserting illegal voting is a problem. Bennett has recently announced his intention to run for AZ Governor.
In fact, the pro-amnesty, pro-open border radical newspaper harangues both Horne and Bennett for citing voter-fraud concerns as justification for continuing a federal court battle over state voter ID requirements. The daily also berates Republican lawmakers who have used the same argument forwarding a package of new election laws slated to appear on the November 2014 ballot.
The daily claims voter fraud cases in Maricopa County involving illegal aliens are nearly non-existent, and have been since before the changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted as the “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act” or Prop. 200 in 2004 — by nearly 60 percent of Arizona voters — requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote. The newspaper account states that numbers of actual cases and convictions vary and the “descriptions of the alleged fraud become foggy or based on third-hand accounts.” Referring dismissively to illegal voting, the report says, “no one was convicted of a felony or given any jail time. A couple of the cases were dismissed; the other suspects pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and served a few months of probation.”
According to this convoluted mindset, lack of follow through on cases means fraud doesn’t exist.
Attorney General Tom Horne is unequivocal in his assertion that voter fraud by illegals is a problem in Arizona. “There are thousands of people who were non-citizens who registered to vote, and many of them voted,” he said.
Horne bases his statements on court testimony by county recorders, who said more than 200 people in a single year had stated on a jury duty summons that they were not citizens. “And jury forms only go to a small percentage of residents, so you have to multiply that to get the number of non-citizens who actually registered statewide,” he said, adding the low number of prosecutions doesn’t prove anything. “A lot of them don’t get prosecuted,” Horne said. “The county attorneys have scarce resources and bigger fish to fry.”
Attorney General Horne said he will continue to defend the voter-approved requirement for proof of identification to register to vote as it moves through the courts. He said he believes voters agree that voter fraud by those in our country illegally is a problem in Arizona, and that’s why they passed the requirements.
“If people believe that their votes are diluted by people voting illegally, they lose faith in the system and you can get a decline in participation,” he said.
The folks at the República view requiring ID to vote as “demonizing undocumented immigrants.” But last month, newspaper columnist Robert Robb supported Horne’s contentions. We include a link to his column in this post “Reason rears its head at AZ Republic: Robb lauds Horne.”