Yesterday we highlighted a story about how Democrat leaders not only deny the existence of vote fraud but also reward those caught committing it. This problem makes it so important that funding sources outside the local jurisdiction be made available to fight vote fraud. Fortunately the Election Assistance Commission ruled that:
States are free to use federal grant money intended to improve how elections are run in order to pay for criminal investigations of potential voter fraud.
This ruling is significant as it was bipartisan and recognizes the importance of fighting vote fraud. It should be a no-brainer since every fraudulent vote disenfranchises a legal vote.
In a 3-0 decision, the commissioners agreed in an Aug. 13 advisory that Iowa's use of the money was "allowable, allocable and reasonable." The Help America Vote Act requires states to ensure that voter registration records are accurate and leaves to them "the specific choices on the methods of complying," the advisory said.
Of course the need for accurate registration and voting lists was even recognized by President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration. Despite this and the unanimous bipartisan ruling, local Democrats and liberal groups were upset. As is too often the case, they completely ignored that 16 people were charged with voting illegally in Iowa.
While RNLA has been critical of the EAC in the past, the EAC’s allowing the use of HAVA funding to prosecute vote fraud is refreshing and praiseworthy.