Republicans have greatly exaggerated the occurrence of voter fraud to justify new state voter-ID and registration laws. Meanwhile, a firm hired by the Republican National Committee and several state Republican parties has been submitting voter-registration forms with clear irregularities, including misspelled names and missing dates of birth. After news of the problems broke last week, the RNC fired the firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, which is run by a GOP strategist. Several states have begun investigations. Submitting fake voter-registration forms does not necessarily mean that someone would vote illegally – though that's what Republicans claimed in 2008 when they accused the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, of falsifying forms.