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In the aftermath of a close election, some are quick to blame voter fraud for the results. Allegations of fraud, however, are often greatly exaggerated on closer examination, the claims amount to a great deal of smoke without much fire.
Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare. Raising the unsubstantiated specter of mass voter fraud suits a particular policy agenda.
Response by the Brennan Center and Spencer Overton to the 2005 Carter-Baker commission on federal election reform
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