Expect to hear a lot about this in the public and legal debate over Pennsylvania's strict voter ID law: the Pa Attorney General's office has sworn in court documents that it has no evidence of in-person voter fraud investigations in Pa or even other states, nor will it attempt to present any evidence of fraud in a Commonwealth Court defense of the bill starting Wednesday.
The AG's office seems to have agreed to the stipulation in exchange for keeping Gov. Tom Corbett (the state's former AG) or current AG Linda Kelly from testifying in the ACLU court challenge.
The stipulation is below. The focus on "in-person" voter fraud seems to differentiate alleged law-breaking on election day from other election-related fraud prosecutions that happen all the time, such as for forging signatures on nominating petitions. The Allegheny County DA's office charged a sitting Pittsburgh City Councilman, Daniel Lavelle, with that very thing last year for filing bogus petition signatures from people who were dead, in jail or out of the country.
As usual there are multiple moving parts to this major election/political story. The Justice Department is reviewing the state's new law, though it isn't likely it can step in to try to block the law as it can with southern states via the Voting Rights Act. The Inquirer has a nice wrapup.
Thousands are expected to rally in support of the court challenge at the state Capitol today at 1 p.m. Several Pittsburgh-area speakers criticized the law at a forum last night in Squirrel Hill.
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