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The Truth About "Voter Fraud"

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Publication Date: September 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Voter fraud

Type: Brief


Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare. Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud. Voter fraud is often conflated with other forms of election misconduct. Raising the unsubstantiated specter of mass voter fraud suits a particular policy agenda. Claims of voter fraud should be carefully tested before they become the basis for action.