Voter fraud

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Voter fraud is the crime of a voter submitting a ballot he or she is not entitled to cast. Although it is hard to quantify the amount of voter fraud, it has been estimated at 2000 cases in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 elections combined. However, it is difficult to gauge the exact number, and many cases may go undiscovered or unreported [1] It can change the outcome of a close election.

Even areas not known for voter fraud have unexplained discrepancies between voter registration lists and estimates of the number of eligible voters. In Indiana, for example, one expert estimated that there were 1.3 million more names on the registration rolls than there were eligible voters in the state.[Citation Needed]

Voter fraud may have been a major factor in Barack Hussein Obama's victory in the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president.[2]

Types of voter fraud

Types of voter fraud include (in order of commonness)[1]

Type of fraud Description Number of cases since 2000 (source: [1])
Absentee ballot fraud A voter fraudulently obtains and submits absentee ballots (in some cases those belonging to other voters). 491
Registration fraud Fake names are submitted to be added to voter registration rolls. 400
Ineligibility fraud An ineligible person (such as one under 18 or, in some states, a convicted felon) casts a ballot. 263
Double voting One voter casts a ballot in two or more jurisdictions. 150
Impersonation fraud One voter votes in the name of another voter. 10

Voter ID laws are usually designed to only prevent impersonation fraud, although in some cases they may make it more difficult to commit ineligibility fraud or double voting.

See also

ACORN -- organization involved in a controversy where false voter registration forms created by workers were forwarded by the organization to state election authorities in accordance with federal law


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Voter Fraud: Hard to Identify", The Wall Street Journal