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How to Read The New York Times, posted April 11, 2007 at 12:45 AM


By Ian Urbina
Published: April 11, 2007

WASHINGTON, April 10 — A federal panel responsible for conducting electionenvironmental research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nationsignificant human contribution to global warming, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times.

Instead, the panel, the ElectionEverything's OK With The Environment Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraudglobal warming was open to debate.

The revised version echoes complaints made by Republican politicians, who have long suggested that voter fraudclimate change isisn't widespread and justifies the voter identification lawsradical deregulation laws that have been passed in at least two dozen states.

Democrats say the threat is overstatedreal and have opposed voter identificationderegulation laws, which they say disenfranchise the poor, members of minority groups and the elderlyallow further raping and pillaging of our planet by large corporations, who are lessmore likely to have photo IDstax incentives and are more likely to be DemocratsRepublicans.

Though the original report said that among experts “there is widespread but not unanimousisn't anyagreementdisagreement that there is little polling place fraudwidespread corporate abuse,” the final version of the report released to the public concluded in its executive summary that “there is a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraudglobal warming.”

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