Research

  • The following resources concern the connection between the U.S. Attorney purge and allegations of voter fraud:

    November 10, 2007
  • There are a handful of known cases in which pollbook entries and absentee or provisional ballots stubs indicate that one individual has actually voted twice. These cases are extremely rare, in part because the penalty (criminal prosecution) is so severe, and the payoff (one incremental vote) is so minimal.

    November 10, 2007
  • There are a handful of known cases in which votes have been cast in the names of individuals who have died before the vote was submitted.

    It is far more common, however, to see allegations of epidemic voting from beyond the grave, with a chuckle and a reference to Gov. Huey Long’s quip ("When I die, I want to be buried in Louisiana, so I can stay active in politics.") or Rep. Charlie Rangel’s update (same idea, but takes place in Chicago).

    November 10, 2007
  • There are a handful of known cases in which votes have been cast from improper addresses.

    November 10, 2007
  • Two reporters attempted to probe the accuracy of New York’s voter rolls by comparing them with death records and with the rolls of other states. The reports led to inflated claims of widespread fraud, of the sort commonly used to support restrictive identification requirements for voters at the polls. We examined each of the allegations of fraud by individual voters -- the only sort that ID could possibly address -- to uncover the truth behind the assertions.

    November 10, 2007

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