Republicans in Wisconsin discussed ginning up concerns about voter fraud in the midst of a high-stakes Supreme Court race in 2011, so that if the justice they were supporting lost, they would be well-positioned to demand a recount.
The discussion occurred in a series of emails published in massive document dump by the Guardian Wednesday, alongside its report on how Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) danced around campaign finance laws. The emails in question occurred April 6, 2011, the day after Election Day, when Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser's race was deemed too close to call.
The push by GOP operatives of a strategy that plays up fears of "election fraud" -- which is extremely rare, but an oft-cited justification for restrictive voting laws -- falls in line with what critics of voting restrictions have said for a long time: that voter fraud is not a major problem, but is instead used as an excuse by Republicans to promote a veiled agenda.
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