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The head of Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee charges the New York Times misconstrued the Kentucky Republican’s comments about voter ID and refused to publish a statement of correction.

The Times report said the senator had broken with fellow Republicans over voter ID.

However, in a statement delivered to WND, Doug Stafford, Paul’s former chief of staff who now leads his political action committee, said the quote was taken out of context.

“Sen. Paul was having a larger discussion about criminal justice reform and restoration of voting rights, two issues he has been speaking about around the country and pushing for in state and federal legislation,” Stafford said.

Amid conversations by GOP leaders over the need to crack down on fraud at the polls, the Times said Paul believes “the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.”

“Everbody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” the Times quoted Paul saying. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.”

But Stafford explained that in the course of Paul’s discussion with the Times, he “reiterated a point he has made before that while there may be some instances of voter fraud, it should not be a defining issue of the Republican Party, as it is an issue that is perhaps perceived in a way it is not intended.”

“In terms of the specifics of voter ID laws, Sen. Paul believes it’s up to each state to decide that type of issue,” Stafford said.

The Times quote quickly spread across media.

Politico, for example, reported: “Rand Paul has said that the GOP’s push for tough voter ID and related laws is ‘offending’ minorities and that the party shouldn’t ‘go too crazy’ on the matter.”

The Times said about its interview with the senator: “Mr. Paul becomes the most prominent member of his party – and among the very few – to distance himself from the voting restrictions and the campaign for their passage in states under Republican control, including North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, that can determine presidential elections. Civil rights groups call the laws a transparent effort to depress black turnout.”

Efforts to combat election fraud and corruption are under way in dozens of states after the exposure of numerous holes in the system.

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Charges that the measures to curb fraud are racist arose when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down one part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The provision required that certain jurisdictions, almost exclusively in Southern states, get approval from Washington before changing any voting rules, laws or procedures.

The issue likely will be on the front burner in the 2014 and 2016 elections. In March, the government watchdog group Judicial Watch demanded that the District of Columbia, Iowa and Colorado remove from their voter registration lists dead voters and former residents within 90 days or face a lawsuit.

Judicial Watch said there are more people registered to vote in some of those locations than the Census Bureaus indicates are eligible. The Obama administration has attacked several of the voter security proposals in court, and undercover videos have revealed problems with vote fraud and retaliation by officials who expose it.

For example, undercover investigative reporter James O’Keefe revealed officials in New Hampshire tried to indict him for revealing problems with voter fraud.

A report by the inspector general of the Department of Justice concluded its Civil Rights Division – one of the most powerful organizations in the federal government – exhibits hostility toward protecting the civil rights of whites.

The 258-page report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said many workers under Attorney General Eric Holder are “hostile” to the idea that white Americans are protected by the Voting Rights Act and even civil rights laws.

Rep. Frank Wolf., R-Va., said the report “makes clear that the division has become a rat’s nest of unacceptable and unprofessional actions, and even outright threats against career attorneys and systemic mismanagement.”

WND reported after the 2012 election that “members of the president’s team did everything possible to rig the game in their favor.”

“They took liberties with the law Republicans would never dare attempt and obstructed voter-integrity efforts at every turn, while the vast political-media-entertainment-education-union-nonprofit complex went all in to promote Obama’s narrative.”

The report documented:

The report said the Pew Research Center published evidence revealing election rolls in a shambles nationwide. They found:

  • 24 million invalid or inaccurate voter registrations
  • 1.8 million deceased voters
  • 2.75 million registered in multiple states.

The report concluded: “So is vote fraud real? Yes. Did it occur in this election? Yes. Was it enough to steal the election? In reality, although no single instance or aspect of vote fraud was likely enough to tip the election for Obama, the aggregate of their corrupt activities – including illegal campaign donations, taking advantage of states without voter ID requirements, military ballots delivered too late, as well as the laundry list of elements identified in this report, may well have been.

“Election 2012 provides a powerful justification for, at a minimum, enacting strong voter ID laws throughout the nation and a repeal of the most anti-Democratic voting legislation ever written, the National Voter Registration Act.

“Protecting the integrity of the vote will prevent election theft and give voters more confidence in clean elections, a confidence that is today justifiably lacking,” the report found.

 

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