Attorney General Bill Barr Authorizes Federal Prosecutors to Investigate “Substantial Allegations” of Voter Fraud

Attorney General Bill Barr has authorized federal prosecutors to investigate allegations of voter fraud, provided that the allegations are “clear and apparently-credible.” The AP reported that he signed off on such investigations in a letter sent Monday.

In a letter to federal prosecutors outlining the conditions for investigations into potential fraud, Barr laid out the criteria for warranting an investigation.

An investigation “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.

The criteria that Barr lays out mostly restricts legal investigations of alleged fraud to incidences where the fraud would potentially impact the outcome of the election itself. The plethora of closely-contested swing states such as Arizona, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could conceivably be the subject of investigations, as even a small occurrence of potential voter fraud could impact the outcome of their elections.

Recounts, fraud investigations, and legal challenges are regular features of elections. There’s no reason to believe that they shouldn’t be included in this year’s presidential election. Campaign officials, candidates, and federal and state authorities should accurately and concisely probe and investigate election proceedings.

States have until December 8th to conduct recounts and investigations into election improprieties, with members of the electoral college meeting the next week to formally cast their votes for the candidates they represent.

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