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This might be dismissed as a joke if Mr. Finch, a Democrat, had not been at the center of an election storm in 2010. Bridgeport’s vote totals “came in” three days after the election, reversing the statewide result in the governor’s race.

Prior to Election Day in 2010, the media reported widespread “chaos” with ballot shortages because Bridgeport officials only ordered ballots for a third of the city’s registered voters. Other election irregularities included “photocopied ballots, altered hours at polling places, a mysterious bag of votes and Mr. Finch’s abuse of the city’s emergency notification system to increase turnout on Election Day,” according to the Weekly Standard.

So, when Mr. Finch jokes about vote fraud, it’s time to stop the laugh track and send in investigators. To that end, American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson wrote to Mr. Holder on Oct. 24, asking him to look into the Bridgeport situation:

“Recently, your department monitored polling places during elections in Florida and Wisconsin, as explained in an August 13, 2012 Justice Department press release: ‘Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of federal observers from Office of Personnel Management, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country.’

“In light of Bridgeport’s history in the last election, and the nature of Mr. Finch’s remarks, due diligence calls for the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to make inquiries, and for the Department itself to monitor the voting process in Bridgeport from now until Election Day.”

Given the sworn testimony from former Justice Department civil rights attorney J. Christian Adams that Justice Department employees have been told to ignore complaints from certain quarters, it will be instructive to see what kind of response Mr. Holder gives to the three congressmen — and to Mrs. Carleson, who is not holding her breath.

Inquiring men in blue helmets want to know.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow with the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.