A professor at Loyola Law School studied U.S. elections from 2000 to 2014 and found 31 cases of voter fraud. In addition to that number, he found no organized effort to rig federal elections. But these incidents should raise some questions. The question is, how common is voter fraud? What can be done to curb it? Here are three ways you can help prevent it. Read on to learn more. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you'll feel more confident about your voting system.
The Washington Post recently published a piece about voter fraud. It listed 31 credible instances of voter fraud, but the true numbers are far higher. Many incidents have been investigated and prosecutions have been filed in recent years. In some cases, voter impersonation involved a simple data entry error, confusion between two people with the same name, or someone signing in on the wrong line of a pollbook. But others involve intentional fraud, including fraud perpetrated by election officials. Fortunately, there are ways to identify and avoid voter fraud.
In the 2018 presidential election, 31 cases of suspected voter fraud were reported to state authorities. Of these, 26 were not prosecuted, while the other five were referred to law enforcement. Some of the incidents involved dead people voting for themselves. A man from Adams County pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after his dead wife's ballot was mistakenly sent to him. He later entered a diversion program after admitting to the crime.
Voter fraud was so common that some states are considering introducing voter ID laws. However, these laws are largely motivated by the same malign motivations that motivated literacy tests and voter ID laws. In fact, in-person voter fraud accounted for a mere ONE OUT OF 15,000,000 votes. That means that, by enacting voter ID laws, voter fraud will prevent at least 10 percent of eligible voters from voting.
Poll workers were urged to vote under an alias because they were under the impression that this would not be detected. However, Hasen found that these poll workers were willing to facilitate this fraudulent act. He called it "dumb."
In Wisconsin, meanwhile, the state election commission collects information about suspected cases of voter fraud at the state level. As a result, he obtained public records about 27 of these cases. The AP also obtained information from media reports and press releases on four other cases. That means that the state's 31 potential voter fraud cases are essentially equal to 0.15 percent of the total margin of victory in the election. Those numbers represent a small fraction of the margin of victory that Biden won in the state.
While the GOP-led Legislature has repeatedly claimed that mail voting will lead to voter fraud, the
is much more complicated than that. One example is the Florida voter scrub list corporation, which removed 82,389 "probable" felons from the voter rolls. While Bush won Florida by just 537 votes, the results are largely irrelevant. While the Republican-led Legislature has imposed many new voting laws and regulations, they also increased the number of voter fraud cases in the state.