Voter fraud

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Introduction

For the purposes of this article, "voter fraud" refers to attempts by either individual voters or voting-focused organizations to affect the outcome of an election by casting votes with fraudulent identities or misrepresenting eligibility to vote. This can be facilitated by submitting invalid or duplicate voter registration forms in advance of the election, and voting by misrepresenting one's identity or eligibility to vote based on these registrations.

This is an overview article only. Greater detail can be found on individual state pages.

Voter fraud in the U.S.

The actual incidence of voter fraud in the United States is extremely low. According to one study, "from 2002 to 2005 only one person was found guilty of registration fraud. Twenty people were found guilty of voting while ineligible and five people were found guilty of voting more than once."[1]

ACORN and voter fraud

Over several election cycles the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has been accused by conservatives of committing voter fraud. ACORN has not been formally charged or convicted based on these accusations.

Main article: ACORN and elections

Groups promoting independent voter fraud monitoring on election day

Remedies

To prevent voter fraud election processes must be transparent to all citizens and closely monitored. Chain of custody of ballots is important for preventing the addition of fraudulent ballots to ballot boxes. Accountability of election officials for maintaining the integrity process must be enforced by voters.

Articles and resources

See also

References

  1. Lorraine C. Minnite, "An Analysis of Voter Fraud in The United States," Dēmos, Undated, (Adapted from the 2003 report Securing The Vote, by L. Minnite and D. Callahan, with updates.)

External resources

  • Vote Fraud The Nation's First Website Dedicated to Exposing and Combating Computerized Vote Fraud.

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