AG hopeful Branch promises voter fraud task force

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 9:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State Rep. Dan Branch says that as attorney general he'll create a special voter fraud task force.

Branch is one of three top Republicans vying to replace Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor.

Branch promised in a Thursday statement to appoint a special prosecutor on voter fraud and monitor groups seeking to "subvert ballot integrity."

He also pledged to vigorously defend Texas' 2011 voter ID law against the Obama administration's legal challenges.

Cheered by conservative groups, it mandates that voters show government-issued picture identification at the polls. The law only took effect Aug. 1, though, amid years of court battles.

Opponents say there are almost no documented cases of voter impersonation, claiming the law is simply meant to make it harder for poor Texans to vote.

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