USA Today got hold of a preliminary report to the US Election Assistance Commission, which had not been released publicly, which "has found little evidence of the type of polling-place fraud" that a raft of new state measures, including controversial voter ID laws, seek to stop. "The bipartisan report by two consultants to the election commission casts doubt on the problem those laws are intended to address." The report "says most fraud occurs in the absentee ballot process, such as through coercion or forgery... Others who reviewed the report for the election commission differ on its findings... Conservatives dispute the research and conclusions."
A true political man-bites-dog story: The New York Times reports that Justice Department, in Mississippi, has launched the first federal lawsuit accusing blacks of suppressing white voters. "The action represents a sharp shift, and it has raised eyebrows outside the state. The government is charging blacks with voting fraud in a state whose violent rejection of blacks' right to vote, over generations, helped give birth to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet within Mississippi the case has provoked knowing nods rather than cries of outrage, even among liberal Democrats."