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Voter fraud seemed like a good idea at the time


In order to rationalize voter-suppression tactics, Republicans have to believe that voter fraud -- which is incredibly rare -- is rampant in the United States, tearing at the fabric of American democracy. They're wrong, but to acknowledge the truth would be to admit that GOP efforts like voter-ID laws are wholly unnecessary.

The trouble comes when Republican activists try to test their theories.

A Nevada Republican arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election, after claiming she was trying to test the system's integrity, pled guilty and accepted a plea deal Thursday, forcing her to pay almost $2,500 and promise to s...