Voter Fraud


The Politics of Voter Fraud
In this landmark report, Lorraine Minnite, Ph.D. examines how exaggerated claims of “voter fraud” have been used for partisan purposes throughout American history. Dr. Minnite examines case studies in which accusations of “voter fraud” received widespread media attention, demonstrating how partisan politicians exploit administrative errors or minor problems to create the illusion of systemic fraud.


The Truth About “Voter Fraud”

Debunking “In-Person Voter Fraud

Debunking “Non-Citizen Voter Fraud”

Debunking “Cemetery Voting”

Debunking “Multiple-Registration Fraud”

Debunking “Fraud” Claims Based on Database Matching

The Politics of Voter Fraud,” Lorraine Minnite, Project Vote

The Truth About Voter Fraud” – Justin Leavitt, Brennan Center for Justice

Evaluating Donald Trump’s Allegations of Voter Fraud in the 2016 Presidential Election,” , Dartmouth College

The Perils of Cherry Picking Low Frequency Events in Large Sample Surveys,” Stephen Ansolabehere (Harvard University), Samantha Luks (YouGov), and Brian F. Schaffner (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Comprehensive Database of U.S. Voter Fraud Uncovers No Evidence that Photo ID is Needed,” Natasha Khan and Corbin Carson, News21.




The “Voter Fraud” Fraud

The claim that so-called “voter fraud” threatens the integrity of American elections has been used throughout American history to persuade the public that more restrictive registration and voting laws are required.

Currently, with renewed partisan vigor, fantasies of fraud are being spun again to undo some of the progress America has made lowering barriers to the vote.

While protecting the integrity of the voter rolls is essential, there is no available evidence to suggest that voters are intentionally corrupting the electoral process, let alone in numbers that threaten to harm the legitimacy of our elections.

Here’s the real story:

  • Multiple studies have proven that widespread or coordinated voter fraud, the kind that changes election outcomes, simply doesn’t happen in today’s America.
  • Study after study has shown that voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States, and in-person voter fraud is so rare as to be almost non-existent.
  • Voter fraud allegations, on examination, turn out to be one of three things: errors by individual voters or election officials, pranks, or unsubstantiated accusations by a losing candidate.
  • The real fraud is that politicians use false claims of “voter fraud” to sell Americans on policies that disenfranchise Americans: policies such as strict voter-ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements, reckless voter purges, and restrictions on voter registration efforts.
  • These laws are nearly all designed to combat in-person voter fraud, a crime that is virtually non-existent. The real impact of these laws is to disenfranchise eligible citizens from voting at all.

The history of civil-rights progress in America is the history of expanding access to voting. There is a genuine need to modernize and expand America’s voter registration systems, but we need to make voting easier, not harder.


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Voter Fraud Experts: Trump’s “Bizarre” Claim Of Illegal Votes Could Lead To Severe Voter Restrictions

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President Donald Trump’s continued bogus claims that between three and five million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election have drawn concern and criticism from voter fraud experts who say the allegation hurts the new administration’s credibility and paves the way for severe voter restrictions. Read more

All This Talk of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next to None

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The overwhelming consensus from election officials across the country is that there is virtually no voter fraud in America. Read more

Voter Fraud, Explained

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Real voter fraud not about IDs

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The remarkable thing about voter fraud — meaning the kind in which voters misrepresent themselves — is there is so little of it. Read more

A Recent History of GOP Voter Suppression in Florida

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The state of Florida has an unfortunate history of disenfranchising voters. Read more

Poll Vaulting: As November Looms, States Still Battling over Voter ID Laws

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A wave of lawsuits and state legislation could affect whether potential voters will be heard in November’s elections… Read more

OPINION: Legislature needs to try again

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The court heard about fears of voting fraud. It did not hear about voting fraud. Read more

Wis. Recall Elections a Sure Thing, But New ID Law May Block Anti-Walker Vote

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Wisconsinites' efforts to protect democracy—in the workplace and through the ballot—are rapidly escalating on two key fronts. Read more

GOP Pushes Voter ID Bills in the South

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Passing voter ID legislation is quickly becoming one of the GOP's top issues for the 2009 legislative session. Read more

ELECTION 2008: ACORN Lawyer Says Nuts to You

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Brian Mellor didn't intend to be a criminal defense lawyer when he went to law school some 28 years ago. Read more