Electoral fraud

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Electoral fraud is the criminal manipulation of elections to secure the supposed victory of a candidate who, had the election been conducted legally and fairly, would not have won.

Many forms of electoral fraud have been recorded. These include:

  • 'personation': voters assuming the identity of another registered voter (sometimes a recently deceased voter)
  • registration of non-existent voters (e.g. "Mickey Mouse", "Bugs Bunny", "SpongeBob SquarePants", etc.)
  • multiple voting by the same individual (for example by using a postal vote as well as voting on election day)
  • interference with ballot boxes
  • fraudulent voting by non-citizens or felons
  • bribery of election officials or poll workers
  • intentional miscounting of votes by biased election officials
  • Voter intimidation

Election fraud is rampant in Democratic-controlled counties in the United States and under dictatorships, which use rigged elections to consolidate their leaders' power. Examples include the re-election of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2008, the sham elections for Saddam Hussein as president of Iraq in the 1990s, and Barack Obama receiving 100% of the vote in some Philadelphia precincts.[1]

In California, eleven counties have 144% more registered voters than residents. The National Review reported in 2017 that 462 counties nationwide had more registered voters than population.[2]

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