The Justice Department has made stamping out fraud by individual voters a priority. Since the 2002 launch of its Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative, 86 individuals had been convicted of ballot fraud, the department boasted in a press release last year. Federal prosecutor David Iglesias of New Mexico, one of the eight U.S. attorneys recently fired by the Bush administration, had twice been invited to be a trainer at the Justice Department’s annual symposium on voter fraud because he created a task force to investigate allegations of fraud in the 2004 election season.
But Iglesias’s investigation did not lead him to make any indictments, so state GOP leaders complained to the White House and the Justice Department that he wasn’t being aggressive enough. By December 2006 Iglesias, who was also under fire for failing to seek indictments in a local corruption case, was out of a job.