Giannoulias Ups the Ante in Kirk's "Voter Integrity" Project

By Kevin Robinson in News on Oct 14, 2010 3:20PM

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Photo from Rep. Mark Kirk's website
On the heels of the revelation that Mark Kirk will deploy "voter integrity" squads to majority black voting districts around the state, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias's lawyers have sent letters to state’s attorneys, county clerks and the Illinois attorney general asking that additional resources be set aside to make sure that Kirk's plan doesn't become voter suppression. In a letter sent to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, letter, Michael Dorf of Adduci, Dorf, Lehner, Mitchell and Blankenship, PC, asks that Alvarez "investigate this voter suppression program that Congressman Kirk and the Republican party officials have planned." Dorf also asks that "in areas Congressman Kirk is targeting, your office provide additional legal and law enforcement personnel in order to ensure that every vote is cast and counted legally."

Rich Miller at Capitol Fax has a copy of the letter sent to Alvarez on his site (PDF, here). Whether any of this will have an impact on voter turnout, or if it will just boil down to another political football in a race that has, unfortunately, devolved into nastiness and cynicism probably won't be known until after the election.