Claims have circulated this election season about the extent of voter fraud. But putting rhetoric aside to look at the facts makes clear fraud is vanishingly rare, and does not happen on a scale even close to that necessary to “rig” an election.
Election 2016 Controversies
“Election 2016 Controversies” will assess issues related to democracy, justice, and the rule of law ahead of November. The series includes Brennan Center briefing memos, research, opinion pieces, and relevant news stories. It’s a one-stop-shop for factual information on some of the most important topics of 2016. This page will be updated frequently, so check back in for new developments through Election Day.
In 2016, 14 states will have new voting restrictions in place for the first time in a presidential election. The new laws range from strict photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration restrictions.
After recent claims of a "rigged" election, some called for police and volunteers to monitor the polls. This briefing memo outlines why "ballot security" operations are risky — and how to prevent intimidation, discrimination, and disruption.
Hillary Clinton's use of private email to send classified documents has spurred contentious debate. But the discussion has suffered from a lack of public understanding about the classification system. Here's what you should know.
Overall crime rates in 2016 are projected to be nearly the same as last year, with crime remaining at an all-time low, according to a preliminary analysis of data from the nation's 30 largest cities.
After recent reports of hacking, this briefing memo describes what the risks to America’s voting system security really are — and what states, localities, and voters can do to prevent successful attacks against the integrity of our elections.
When lawmakers passed new voting requirements, particularly voter ID laws, they claimed it was to safeguard against voter fraud and protect election integrity. But occasionally we have seen politicians slip — and reveal a more strategic motive.