Myth of Voter Fraud

It is important to protect the integrity of our elections. But we must be careful not to undermine free and fair access to the ballot in the name of preventing voter fraud. 

Examination after examination of voter fraud claims reveal that voter fraud is very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent, and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud in elections relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators. Our seminal report "The Truth About Voter Fraud" conclusively demonstrated most allegations of fraud turn out to be baseless — and that of the few allegations remaining, most reveal election irregularities and other forms of election misconduct. And numerous other studies have reached the same conclusion.

Voter fraud is not acceptable in our elections, but we must find solutions that address actual problems instead of imposing policies that make it harder for millions of eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.

Fact Sheet: Debunking the Voter Fraud Myth

Looking at the facts makes it clear that fraud by voters at the polls is vanishingly rare, and does not happen on a scale even close to that necessary to “rig” an election.

The Justice Department’s Voter Fraud Scandal: Lessons

A decade ago, the Justice Department was upended by scandal after investigations revealed it wielded its power to disenfranchise voters. As the new President threatens investigations into voter fraud, mistakes of the past give concern for the future.

Analysis: Noncitizen Voting is Vanishingly Rare

For years, the Brennan Center has collected research showing that voter fraud is extraordinarily rare.  We've reviewed the literature on one subset of voter fraud claims – the allegation that ineligible noncitizens are voting in large numbers.

In Their Own Words: Officials Refuting “Rigged” Elections Allegations

Donald Trump has made repeated claims that elections in this country are "rigged." This rhetoric around voter fraud has been debunked in study after study. A long list of legislators, election administrators, and others from all political stripes have spoken out against these false claims.

The Truth About Voter Fraud

In 2007, the Brennan Center for Justice carefully examined allegations of fraud to get at the truth behind the claims.  The conclusion was clear - most allegations are baseless.

 

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