Last time a president pushed the Justice Department to go on a voter fraud witch hunt, its integrity was shot and Americans’ voting rights suffered. This could be the opening salvo to another wide-ranging effort to restrict voting rights nationwide.
The notion that millions voted illegally is preposterous. An expensive investigation of imaginary voter fraud is not needed and could easily devolve into a witch hunt. Worse, it could justify sweeping voting restrictions.
The Brennan Center released two analyses ahead of Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General. They cover Sessions's civil rights record and highlight a past scandal that should serve as a cautionary tale.
Research shows you are more likely to be struck by lightning than commit in-person voter impersonation fraud. In rolling back strict voting laws, courts found little evidence of fraud — and substantial evidence of disenfranchisement.