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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Court Rules RNC Can’t Suppress Voters

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A three-judge panel has rejected the RNC's request to void an agreement over voter caging and other voter suppression activities. Read more

New Project Vote Media Memo Assesses GOP’s Record of Voter Caging and Other So-Called “Ballot Security” Measures

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On November 3, 2008, on the eve of an historic defeat for the GOP, the Republican National Committee (RNC) quietly filed a motion to dissolve an existing consent decree that prohibits them from engaging in so-called “ballot-security” measures… Read more

Voter Suppression Is Already an Issue As Americans Set Record For Early Voting

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Record numbers of Americans voting early spotlight how enthusiastic they are about democracy. Voter energy is in stark contrast to today’s backdrop of efforts by partisan operatives to discourage the turnout of new voters… Read more

Law Enforcement Used to Suppress the Vote: It happened in 2004 & 2006, and may be happening in 2008

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n the 2008 election Americans may once again be seeing law enforcement turned into a tool of voter suppression. Read more

Project Vote Requests Investigation into New Mexico GOP’s Effort to Suppress New Voters

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Today Project Vote sent a letter to Gregory Fouratt, U.S. Attorney in New Mexico, to request an investigation of intimidation and voter suppression by the New Mexico Republican Party. Read more

Fighting for Democracy vs. Fighting the Spread of Democracy

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With a constant barrage of allegations against voter registration organizations coming from the McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee in recent weeks, it’s worthwhile to take a look back at this ongoing war between partisan forces and community based voter registration drives... Read more

Project Vote and ACORN Set the Record Straight About Successful 2008 Voter Registration Drive

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On Friday Project Vote and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) held a news conference to discuss the importance of voter registration and to respond to partisan allegations of fraudulent registrations. Read more

New Report Examines “The Politics of Voter Fraud”

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Widespread “voter fraud” is a myth promulgated to suppress voter participation, according to a new Project Vote report released this week. Read more