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Heritage Fraud Database: An Assessment

Key Fact: Claims that the Heritage Foundation document contains almost 1,100 proven instances of voter fraud are grossly exaggerated and devoid of context, Brennan Center researchers found.

Published: September 8, 2017

Claims that the Herit­age Found­a­tion docu­ment contains almost 1,100 proven instances of voter fraud are grossly exag­ger­ated and devoid of context, Bren­nan Center research­ers found. It confirms what numer­ous stud­ies have consist­ently shown: Voter fraud is vanish­ingly rare, and imper­son­at­ing a voter at the polls is less common a phenomenon than being struck by light­ning.

“The data­base includes an assort­ment of cases, many unre­lated or tangen­tially related, going back decades, with only a hand­ful pertain­ing to non-citizens voting or imper­son­a­tion at the polls. They add up to a molecu­lar frac­tion of the total votes cast nation­wide. Inad­vert­ently, the Herit­age Found­a­tion’s data­base under­mines its claim of wide­spread voter fraud.”