Study Finds Only 31 Cases Of Actual Voter Fraud In 14 Years
The Washington Post published an article by Prof. Justin Levitt of Loyola University Law School about a study he did compiling every case of in person voter fraud that are the only kind of fraud Voter ID laws can stop. To say he was underwhelmed by the results is an understatement:
I’ve been tracking allegations of fraud for years now, including the fraud ID laws are designed to stop. In 2008, when the Supreme Court weighed in on voter ID, I looked at every single allegation put before the Court. And since then, I’ve been following reports wherever they crop up.
To be clear, I’m not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix.
So far, I’ve found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country. If you want to check my work, you can read a comprehensive list of the incidents below.
Yes, you read that correctly: 31. 31 documented cases in 14 years. Levitt helpfully elaborates:
To put this in perspective, the 31 incidents below come in the context of general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through 2014. In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period.
31 out of over one billion? That comes out to less than .000000031%. Another way of looking at it? For every 32,258,064 votes cast, one bad vote would be prevented by Voter ID laws.