Allegations that widespread voter fraud is threatening to the
integrity of American elections and American democracy itself have
intensified since the disputed 2000 presidential election. The
claim that elections are being stolen by illegal immigrants and
unscrupulous voter registration activists and vote buyers has been
used to persuade the public that voter malfeasance is of greater
concern than structural inequities in the ways votes are gathered
and tallied, justifying ever tighter restrictions on access to the
polls. Yet, that claim is a myth.
In The Myth of Voter Fraud, Lorraine C. Minnite
presents the results of her meticulous search for evidence of voter
fraud. She concludes that while voting irregularities produced by
the fragmented and complex nature of the electoral process in the
United States are common, incidents of deliberate voter fraud are
actually quite rare. Based on painstaking research aggregating and
sifting through data from a variety of sources, including public
records requests to all fifty state governments and the U.S.
Justice Department, Minnite contends that voter fraud is in reality
a politically constructed myth intended to further complicate the
voting process and reduce voter turnout.
She refutes several high-profile charges of alleged voter fraud,
such as the assertion that eight of the 9/11 hijackers were
registered to vote, and makes the question of voter fraud more
precise by distinguishing fraud from the manifold ways in which
electoral democracy can be distorted. Effectively disentangling
misunderstandings and deliberate distortions from reality, The
Myth of Voter Fraud provides rigorous empirical evidence for
those fighting to make the electoral process more efficient, more
equitable, and more democratic.
Subjects: Political Science
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