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The Truth About Voter Fraud

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Author(s): Justin Levitt

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Voting Rights & Elections; Allegations of Voter Fraud; Voter ID

Type: Report

Abstract:

Voter fraud makes a popular scapegoat. In the aftermath of a close election, losing candidates are often quick to blame voter fraud for the results. Legislators cite voter fraud as justification for various new restrictions on the exercise of the franchise. And pundits trot out the same few anecdotes time and again as proof that a wave of fraud is imminent. Allegations of widespread voter fraud, however, often prove greatly exaggerated.