Election Fraud Prosecutions Peaked in 2005, Numbers Show

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On Wednesday, we gave you two timelines of alleged voter fraud (or "voter suppression," depending who you ask) in New Mexico and Washington state, both places where the U.S. attorney was fired last December.

As the pressure rises at the Justice Department, scrutiny continues to zero in on what role the two attorneys, David Iglesias in New Mexico and John McKay in western Washington, played in the investigations.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has data on total election fraud cases initiated and prosecuted in the past decade, which show a significant increase in cases in the past five years. See a summary here:

YearReferralsProsecutions200129120028220033024200442202005793220066115What does all of this mean? Both referrals and prosecution peaked after the 2004 election and remained high through last election season, underscoring a greater priority for this issue from the Justice Department. We'll have more on this next week.

Etc.: The Lost Numbers in the Case of the Fired U.S. Attorneys, at the News Desk on USNews.com