Trump claims widespread voter fraud, seems unclear on details

During a question and answer session at a rally last night in New Hampshire, Donald Trump claimed that the American electoral system has been broken by hordes of people who are casting piles of fraudulent votes, skewing elections.

As he said, quoted by the Washington Post, “This voting system is out of control. You have people, in my opinion, that are voting many, many times. They don’t want security, they don’t want cards.”

At least he added the “in my opinion” qualifier to his claim, because the number of documented cases of that kind of voter fraud are statistically negligible. So I guess he can have his opinion, and his opinion can be wrong. By Trump’s standards, that’s quite a concession.

Donald Trump, screenshot via 60 Minutes

Donald Trump, screenshot via 60 Minutes

By itself, it isn’t all that interesting that Trump is alleging widespread voter fraud in American elections. A large subset of his core voters have sincerely-held religious beliefs that there is a widespread Democratic conspiracy to funnel undocumented immigrants and felons to the polls on Election Day, without which Barack Obama would never have been “elected” president. However, the specific nature of the voter fraud Trump is alleging is what makes his claim interesting.

That’s because the voter ID laws states have passed are designed to prevent voter impersonation fraud, keeping people who are ineligible to vote (undocumented immigrants, felons, minors, etc.) from showing up and casting ballots under the names of people who are listed as eligible. Taking a step beyond the politicians touting these laws, however, Trump is claiming that the problem is actually duplicate voting, with people who may or may not be eligible to vote once showing up to vote a second, third or fourth time. Voter impersonation fraud can fall under that umbrella — theoretically, if you can pull off voter impersonation fraud once, you can pull it off twice — but Trump seems to be claiming that American elections look like a caricature of the 19th Century.

Perhaps something like this:

In any case, Trump missed the traditional GOP talking point and corresponding policy solution by just enough to make folks scratch their heads.

To be clear, I’m pretty sure Trump doesn’t understand or care about the difference between voter impersonation fraud and multiple voting. I’d be surprised if the candidate who thinks he can force businesses to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” understands that ballot access is a state-level issue, so he can’t pass nationwide voter ID to fix whatever problem he thinks exists. And I’m sure that the Trump fans at last night’s rally don’t care about those details, either. All this is to say that Trump is, as he does with every issue, shooting from the hip in the general direction of where he thinks the Rush Limbaugh Caucus wants him to land.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • smartguynyc

    So you’re saying that a new law removed people from voter rolls because of their color (or race)?? That is absolutely not legal or ok, please send me a link to the statute or info about the wrongfully removed voters — I’d be happy to work on/help prepare a lawsuit on behalf of those affected. Our constitution does not allow for discrimination based upon color or race.

    Of course, it also does not allow for laws to be applied selectively such that laws do NOT apply to people of a certain color or race. Would you not agree that all citizens should be held accountable for following laws on the books? I don’t think there is anything racist about having an ID is there?

    Are you suggesting that people of a certain color are not capable of getting an ID? Really, you think people of color are somehow less responsible? I don’t buy that for one second. I prefer to expect excellence from everyone and I’ve found expecting excellence results in excellence (while expecting failure tends to result in failure). Perhaps I’m bigoted though for thinking everyone is capable.

  • smartguynyc

    I actually worked to repeal Voter ID laws — yes to support your cause. It was in the process of litigating and talking about these cases I started thinking to myself — this is very insulting to the minorities allegedly being targeted. How little respect must one have to think a person cannot obtain an ID card. Heck, to sign up for medicaid or unemployment, or to cash a check or enter most buildings with security, you need an ID.

  • marknc

    Well Smartguy, you just outed yourself as a liar – you are obviously a Republican if you worked on legislation here.

    Regardless of your excuses, the goal is to disenfranchise as many as possible who might not vote for your side.

    A few good examples that have nothing to do with voter fraud are:

    – the elimination of a student ID for voting
    – Cutting early voting days in half (making it harder for hourly workers to get there on Tuesday)
    – elimination of early registration

    Then there are the never-ending nasty tactics like in Asheville where they moved the voting place about 15 miles off-campus with little parking and requiring first-time voters to vote at home so a student at UNCW might not drive home to Charlotte (no mail-in ballots allowed for them).

    The fraud Mr. Smartguy is by Republicans – with your noses in the air lying about trying to be noble. You aren’t, and you know it – like everybody else on the planet!

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    “Why were these voters removed? Perhaps they were dead or perhaps they no longer lived in NC or perhaps they were listed in multiple precincts or perhaps they were convicts?”

    Perhaps they were the wrong color. Jest sayin’.

  • smartguynyc

    Voting fraud statistics are not helpful for your point. All votes are not fraudulent until someone determines they are. So the fact that nobody has recorded fraud is actually more indicative of the fact that more fraud likely exists. For example, in one Philadelphia precinct more votes were cast than registered voters and all, 100% were for one side. Despite this fact, no fraudulent votes existed. What does that tell you about statistics?

  • smartguynyc

    Interesting, didn’t realize the new laws went into effect. I worked on litigation in NC regarding voter rights. I would ask why you think thousands of voters were wrongly removed. What rationale led to the removal and, if removal was proper, wouldn’t that mean thousands of potentially fraudulent votes. Thousands is not one or two. Again, just curious about the facts. Why were these voters removed? Perhaps they were dead or perhaps they no longer lived in NC or perhaps they were listed in multiple precincts or perhaps they were convicts? These reasons would mean the law worked no? If people were wrongly removed, they can re-register and correct the error no? Voting isn’t for 10 months.

  • marknc

    If you are a Dem then you are blind as a bat. In my state of NC the Republicans have added a huge list of new “voter fraud fighting tools”. It has had one result – the intended one. It has eliminated thousands of potential votes for the Dem side.

    Oh, and you might be right. Of the thousands and thousands of votes not cast through manipulation, one or two MIGHT have been fraudulent.

  • smartguynyc

    This is not a Republican or Democrat thing. Both parties are hopelessly corrupt. Rather voter fraud, whether dems or repubs ensures one thing and one thing only…. That average folks like you and me can be overruled if necessary.

    I don’t doubt both sides play the game, but I also don’t doubt that there is no logical argument as to why someone should be allowed to vote when they are not capable of figuring out how to get a photo ID of some kind. A vote is important and if you value it you will put in the effort to prove your identity. If you don’t care enough about your freedom to get an ID in advance of an election then frankly, you cannot rightfully claim to have been deprived of anything valuable to you. Voting in a free election is something Americans assume is the norm. It’s actually a pretty special thing and freedom is uniquely an American value (that others have borrowed). If voter fraud is allowed to occur without investigation or punishment then we are simply giving up our freedom to vote to the mysterious folks who count the votes. Do you know how votes are counted? Do you know how identities on registration statements are confirmed? I don’t and because of that I don’t assume there is no fraud. Not sure why you assume there wouldn’t be fraud.

    Long story short, my argument was non-partisan. But I do know Democrats put a lot of resources into FIGHTING investigations of potential fraud. And I do know the current DOJ is the most partisan in American history.

    Btw, I’ve been a registered Democrat my entire life.

  • marknc

    And when G. W. Bush assigned a team of Federal Prosecutors to chase all of the “rampant fraud” as you list them above they found – NOTHING!!!!!!! Just a lot of Republican hot air and screaming, and a total of less than 100 actual votes wrongly cast over a period of several years.

    That Mr. Smartguy is an actual fact, not a list of crap.

  • marknc

    Not quite sure what your point is. In the real world, voter fraud is quite rare. Do you want it? What a silly question. No, and no.

    But the Republican game is to scream “rampant fraud” when virtually none exists. Then they take drastic measure to stop the non-existent problem and block hundreds of thousands from voting – mostly who might vote for the Dems.

    Republican voting corruption is rampant and is actively stealing elections as we watch. Actual in-person voter fraud, not hardly at all.

  • smartguynyc

    Who makes the election rolls Sally? Do you make them? Do you know how they are put together? If i registered as Sally #2 and showed up and cast a vote would you know about it? Would you know if another Sally is on the election roll? What if you registered as Sally and Betsy and voted as both. How would someone confirm that you are not also Betsy? ID? — nope can’t check ID.

    So, I really hope you would agree Sally that checking an ID is an essential step in determining that you are you. Why then would someone want to prevent people from checking IDs? What possibly could be the motivation for a law that prohibits election precincts from checking ID? Why in the world would someone want that?

    http://www.wnd.com/2011/10/355461/

  • smartguynyc
  • smartguynyc

    True, and you were taught growing up that two wrongs make a right? Great rule of thumb. Voter fraud is bad no matter who does it. Why would anyone be in favor of allowing voter fraud?

  • smartguynyc

    Are you an honest person? If so, please consider the facts and reassess your opinion. I don’t mean to take a position, but I believe smart people typically appreciate facts. Here are just a few convictions (doesn’t include cases not identified or prosecuted):

    Source: http://www.electionintegritywatch.com/be-informed/news-stories/

    01.11.2015 – Fourth Defendant Pleads Guilty in Dothan AL Voter Fraud Scheme

    12.03.2015 – Missouri – Greene County Woman Charged for Voting Twice

    12.03.2015 – Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Unlawful Voting Case

    10.13.2015 – 3 Voter Fraud Cases Prosecuted in Kansas, More Cases Expected

    09.03.2015 – Alabama Woman Found Guilty on 24 Counts of Voter Fraud

    07.09.2015 – Union County (MS) Deputy Circuit Clerk Arrested for Voter Fraud

    06.24.2015 – Three Philly Election Officials Face Multiple Voter Fraud Charges

    05.18.2015 – Four Charged after Forging Thousands of Signatures (MO)

    05.16.2015 – Court Report: Le Sueur MN Couple’s Deception Brings Voter Fraud Charges

    05.07.2015 – Non-Citizen Deported for Voter Fraud (IL)

    04.11.2015 – Alabama Women Convicted on 7 Counts of Absentee Voting Fraud in Election Decided by 14 Votes

    04.07.2015 – Warrant Issued for Milwaukee man Accused of Voter Fraud

    10.06.2014 – CT State Representative Arrested on 19 Voter Fraud Charges

    09.20.2014 – Wanamingo MN Township Supervisor Burned Ballots in his back Yard

    09.12.2014 – CA Senator gets jail time in Voter Fraud Case

    07.08.2014 – 4 Charged on Multiple Counts of Absentee Ballot Fraud in Alabama Municipal Election

    07.01.2014 – Voter Registration Fraud Alleged in Minneapolis, MN – Over 140 registered at Mail Center

    06.23.2014 – Shorewood WI Man Charged with 13 Counts of Voter Fraud

    05.09.2014 – 3 Women Charged on 56 Counts of falsifying Ballots in Texas Municipal Election

    04.03.2014 – Texas Woman gets 6 Months for Voting 5 times under Different Names in 2012 Runoff Election

    04.02.2014 – North Carolina Officials Identify up to 35,000 cases of Double Voting on Initial Review

    03.11.2014 – New Jersey Judge Charged with 2 Counts of Voter Fraud

    03.11.2014 – Mummified Detroit Woman voted 2 years after Dying

    02.24.2014 – 80 more Voting cases sent to Iowa Prosecutors

    02.22.2014 – PA: Philly Election Board Worker Arrested for Voter Fraud

    02.13.2014 – KY – Vote-Buyers Convicted in 2006 Allowed to run for Office Again (‘Bought’ voters were accompanied into booths and told who to vote for)

    02.11.2014 – Ohio Poll Worker Voted Twice, Referred to Prosecutors

    02.10.2014 – Pro-Pot Petitioner Convicted for Voter Fraud in Michigan

    01.28.2014 – British Citizen, Charged with rape, Appears to have also voted Illegally in New Hampshire Election

    01.14.2014 – New Hampshire man Convicted for Voting Twice

    01.13.2015 – Alabama Woman Enters Guilty Plea over 8Felony Voter Fraud Charges

    01.12.2014 – Texas Vote-Buying Case Leads to 3 FBI Arrests, Investigation Expanding

    12.22.2013 – 17 Non-Citizens Caught Voting in Ohio, Hundreds more illegally registered

    12.09.2013 – Non-Citizens Charged with voter fraud in Iowa

    12.04.2013 – Prisoner in Austin, MN faces felony voter fraud Charge

    12.03.2013 – Voter Impersonation Charges in Worcester, MA

    12.02.2013 – Ex-magistrate in West Virginia is 4th Official in County to plead Guilty to Corruption, Admits Voter Fraud

    11.22.2013 – Massachusetts Resident Indicted for Fraudulent vote in New Hampshire

    11.12.2013 – Texas Woman Convicted for voting 6 times in 2012 Primary Election

    08.28.2013 – 3 Face Voter Fraud Charges in St. Louis County (MO) over False Addresses

    08.20.2013 – Feds: Woman uses 5 Absentee Ballots in voter fraud Case (TX)

    07.26.2013 – Two Sentenced for Voting while Ineligible in Carlton County, MN

    07.19.2013 – Cincinnati poll worker Sentenced to 5 years for voter fraud in 3 Presidential Elections

    07.16.2013 – Two Somali Women Charged with Voter Fraud in Rice County, MN

    06.28.2013 – Missouri: Couple Pleads Guilty yo Voter Fraud

    06.18.2013 – Virgina Man Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud, Perjury

    06.14.2013 – FEMA Official Charged in Florida Voter Fraud Case

    06.13.2013 – Police Raid Miami Mayoral Campaign in Absentee Voter Fraud Case

    05.11.2013 – Carlton County, MN: Woman Convicted of voter fraud – Another Charged

    05.01.2013 – State Representative and Democrat Party Worker Sentenced to 18 Months for 20 Counts of Voter Fraud

    04.26.2013 – Indiana Officials Found Guilty in Ballot Petition Fraud

    04.09.2013 – Former MA Lawmaker gets 4 months in Prison for Voter Fraud Scheme

    04.06.2013 – Court Papers: Voter Fraud one of NY Assemblyman’s Tricks for Gaining Power

    03.27.2013 – North Dakota Secretary of State Finds Double-Voting and False Identity Voting – Referred to Prosecutors

    03.26.2013 – New Hampshire Attorney General Investigating Voter Fraud in Grafton

    03.26.2013 – North Carolina Investigating Vote Buying Scheme

    03.26.2013 – 2 More Charged in Iowa Voter Fraud Investigation (felon and non-citizen)

    03.24.2013 – Wisconsin Prosecutors Charge 10 People with Voter Fraud

    03.21.2013 – Police Investigate Mail Ballot Fraud in St. Clair County, IL

    03.19.2013 – AG Investigating Thousands of NH Voter Affidavits

    03.11.2013 – Nun, Others Face Voter Fraud Charges in Hamilton County, OH

    03.11.2013 – Ohio Poll Worker Charged with 8 Counts of Voter Fraud

    03.04.2013 – Judge admits Evidence in Alleged Voter Fraud Case (Indiana)

    02.22.2013 – Felon’s “I Voted Early” Sticker leads to Arrest, Fraud Charges (FL)

    02.14.2013 – Plea Deal in Indiana Democrat Political Operative Voter Fraud Case

    02.07.2013 – Willmar (MN) Student Faces Felony Charges for Voting both from Home and College Precincts in 2012

    02.05.2013 – 28 Subpoenas issued in Hamilton County, Ohio Voter Fraud Investigation

    01.18.2013 – WI Felon Charged with Voter Fraud

    01.14.2013 – Vote Fraud Charges Expected in Ohio.

    12.20.2012 – County Worker in NJ Sentenced to 5 Years for Voter Fraud in Conspiracy Case

    12.20.2012 – MA Lawmaker (Member of Elections Committee) Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud

    12.14.2012 – Prosecutor: SEIU Organizer Committed Voter Fraud in WI

    12.05.2012 – Fraud Allegations Mar Mayor’s Race in Orange Cove, CA

    12.01.2012 – Voter Fraud Investigation Prompts New Calls for Voter ID Law in WI

    11.29.2012 – Cottage Grove (MN) Police Investigating Voter Impersonation Fraud

    11.26.2012 – Voter Fraud Found in Mower County, Minnesota – Update: Non-citizens voted

    11.24.2012 – Former Morrisville, NC Councilwoman Found Guilty of Voter Fraud

    11.23.2012 – Iowa Secretary of State Expects more Voter Fraud Arrests

    11.23.2012 – Over 500 Non-Citizens Removed from Colorado Voter Rolls After Investigation

    11.21.2012 – Clinton, LA Police Investigating 115 Cases of Voter Fraud (13% of Total in the Small Town)

    11.21.2012 – Indiana Sheriff’s Department Employees Investigated, Charged for Voter Fraud

    11.20.2012 – East Longmeadow, MA Selectman & Candidate for State Rep. in Court on Voter Fraud Charges

    10.19.2012 – Dead Woman Among Names on Disputed Voter Forms (FL)

    10.17.2012 – Error or Deliberate Fraud may Disenfranchise Spanish-Speaking Voters in Arizona

    10.16.2012 – Voter Fraud Found in Vernon, CA Election – could Change Winner

    10.15.2012 – Florida Woman Sentenced for Wisconsin Election Fraud (Additional Story: Connected to Anti Voter ID Group)

    10.12.2012 – Florida Felon Charged with Multiple Voter Fraud Crimes

    10.10.2012 – Candidate Voted Twice in Same Elections (Texas, Pennsylvania)

    10.04.2012 – LA City Councilman and Wife to Stand Trial for Voter Fraud

    10.02.2012 – 10 NDSU Football Players Plead Guilty to Election Fraud

    09.26.2012 – CA Democrats Claim Republican Voter Fraud

    09.25.2012 – 9 New Interstate Cases of Voter Fraud in Arizona

    09.20.2012 – Reform Democrats Claim Widespread Voter Fraud in New York Primary

    09.19.2012 – 4 Republican Staffers Charged with Election Fraud in Michigan

    09.13.2012 – New Albany, KY Mayoral Candidate, Another Arrested on Voter Fraud Charges

    09.10.2012 – MD – Candidate for House Quits Campaign Amid Voter Fraud Allegations

    09.05.2012 – “Ballot Broker,” others face felony charges for voter fraud in Florida

    09.02.2012 – Non-Citizen Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud in Florida

    08.29.2102 – Two Men Sentenced in Lincoln County WV Voter Fraud Conspiracy

    08.14.2012 – Voter Fraud Suspected in Massachusetts Race

    07.31.2012 – Elderly Couple Alleged Victims of Absentee Voter Fraud in FL

    07.31.2012 – Elderly Man Resists Voter Fraud Van Coercion – TX

    07.26.2012 – AZ: Candidate for County Supervisor Withdraws After Former Companion Found to Have Voted While Dead

    07.25.2012 – Kentucky Voter Fraud Allegedly Funded by Drug Money

    07.23.2012 – FL: Ineligible (non-citizen) Voters Discovered on Orange County Voter Rolls

    07.19.2012 – PA: Philly Election Official Details Examples of Voter Fraud

    07.12.2012 – CA City Officials Plead Guilty to Voter Fraud and Corruption

    07.06.2012 – Voter Fraud sends Former Charlottesville, VA Council Candidate to Jail

    07.02.2012 – State Police Investigate Espanola, NM Voter Fraud

    06.26.2012 – Fluvanna VA School Teacher Officially Indicted for Voter Fraud

    06.24.2012 – Sunland Park NM Ex-Employees Indicted for Voter Fraud, Conspiracy

    06.21.2012 – Election Fraud: California Union Official Voted in Wisconsin Recall

    06.19.2012 – Arkansas Prosecutor asks Investigator to Look into Suspected Voter Fraud

    06.07.2012 – Quartzsite, AZ Voter Fraud Allegations

    06.05.2012 – Voter Fraud Explodes in Wisconsin – Eyewitnesses Speak Out

    06.05.2012 – New Jersey Democrats Square off over Alleged Voter Fraud Effort

    05.29.2012 – 88 Election Complaints Filed in South Texas (exploitation of vulnerable adults for election fraud)

    05.23.2012 – KAMC Investigates Voter Fraud in Lorenzo, TX

    05.20.2012 – Voter Fraud Charges Expand in New Mexico Town – More Arrests Made

    05.16.2012 – MI State Audit Shows Dead People, Prisoners Cast 1,500 Votes

    05.07.2012 – State Sweep Finds 1,251 Ineligible (Non-Citizen) Voters in FL

    05.04.2012 – 3,100 Invalid Voter Registration Cards Turned in by GOP Registration Drive in CA

    05.01.2012 – Mayor of Austin, Indiana Arrested on Voter Fraud Charges

    04.30.2012 – Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate indicted in voter fraud case in Fort Worth, TX

    04.26.2012 – Milwaukee WI DA Investigating Voter Fraud Claims Involving “Occupy” Protestors

    04.23.2012 – Massive Voter Fraud Uncovered in Virginia

    04.10.2012 – Vernon CA Election Mired in Fraud Allegations

    04.04.2012 – IL State Police Investigating State’s Attorney investigator for Voter Fraud

    04.03.2012 – 4 Indiana Democrat Party Officials Charged with Election Fraud

    04.03.2012 – NC State Trooper & Town Commissioner charged for corruption and voter fraud

    04.03.2012 – Richmond (VA) Indicts 10 on Voter Fraud Charges

    03.29.2012 – NM State Senate Candidate Accused of Voter Fraud

    03.29.2012 – Troubled LA Suburb Investigating Possible Voter Fraud

    03.24.2012 – Ohio Elections Chief Asks for Voter Fraud Probe (double-voting across state lines)

    03.15.2012 – 7 Indicted for Voter Fraud in Texas Road Utility District Election

    03.15.2012 – Iowa Counties Reporting Multiple Cases of Voter Fraud

    03.08.2012 – Former WV Sherriff, County Clerk Plead Guilty to Attempting to Steal Election

    03.08.2012 – 3rd Arrest Made in NM Border City Vote Fraud Case

    03.07.2012 – Candidates Claim Voter Fraud in Orlando, FL Mayor & Commissioner Race

    03.07.2012 – Voter Fraud Charges Against Group Who Registered to a Motel to Vote out of District in TX

    03.07.2012 – Politician Charged in Voter Fraud Case – NC

    03.06.2012 – Illegal Alien Convicted of Fraud Voted Regularly Under Name of US Citizen in AL

    03.06.2012 – Guilty Pleas in Voter Fraud Case Involving Hundreds of Forged Absentee Ballots in WV

    03.04.2012 – Police Arrest Woman in Connection with Voter Fraud in Sunland Park, NM (more)

    03.03.2012 – 9 Voter Fraud Cases Investigated in Iowa Municipal Elections

    02.29.2012 – Voter Fraud Investigation Leads to Assault Charges in Lincoln County, WV

    02.28.2012 – Chicago: Former Elmwood Park Residents May Have Submitted Fraudulent Votes

    02.27.2012 – Dallas County Judge Carlos Medrano found Guilty in Voter Fraud Case

    02.17.2012 – NC Police Officers Investigated, Charged with Voter Fraud

    02.14.2012 – Medrano Vote Fraud Trials Get Underway (Dallas, TX)

    02.07.2012 – Indiana’s Top Election Official Convicted of Voter Fraud

    02.06.2012 – Alabama DA to Investigate Possible Voter Fraud

    02.02.2012 – Florida: NBC2 Investigates Voter Fraud (non-citizens caught voting)

    01.31.2012 – Marlborough City Councilor Indicted for Voter Fraud (Absentee/Dead Voter)

    01.30.2012 – Feds Crack Lincoln County (West Vigrinia) Vote Fraud

    01.23.2012 – Six Under Investigation for Double-Voting Across Colorado-Kansas Border

    01.20.2012 – Non-Citizens May Have Voted in Maine Election

    01.17.2012 – Thousands of Unverifiable Voters Challenged After Ballots were Counted

    01.12.2012 – 900 Listed as Dead Recently Voted (South Carolina)

  • smartguynyc

    Jon Green, you are entitled to your opinion, but not your facts. Voter fraud is a tradition with both political parties. If you stand by your opinion, then please explain to me why I should disregard these facts: http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/the-big-list-of-vote-fraud-reports/ . Again, open to being persuaded, but there are many many facts suggesting voter fraud is quite common.

    http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/14/dont-think-voter-fraud-happens-here-are-5-cases-from-2015-that-will-make-you-think-again/

    http://www.electionintegritywatch.com/be-informed/news-stories/

    Here are just a few convictions (doesn’t include cases not identified or prosecuted):

    01.11.2015 – Fourth Defendant Pleads Guilty in Dothan AL Voter Fraud Scheme

    12.03.2015 – Missouri – Greene County Woman Charged for Voting Twice

    12.03.2015 – Kansas Man Pleads Guilty in Unlawful Voting Case

    10.13.2015 – 3 Voter Fraud Cases Prosecuted in Kansas, More Cases Expected

    09.03.2015 – Alabama Woman Found Guilty on 24 Counts of Voter Fraud

    07.09.2015 – Union County (MS) Deputy Circuit Clerk Arrested for Voter Fraud

    06.24.2015 – Three Philly Election Officials Face Multiple Voter Fraud Charges

    05.18.2015 – Four Charged after Forging Thousands of Signatures (MO)

    05.16.2015 – Court Report: Le Sueur MN Couple’s Deception Brings Voter Fraud Charges

    05.07.2015 – Non-Citizen Deported for Voter Fraud (IL)

    04.11.2015 – Alabama Women Convicted on 7 Counts of Absentee Voting Fraud in Election Decided by 14 Votes

    04.07.2015 – Warrant Issued for Milwaukee man Accused of Voter Fraud

    10.06.2014 – CT State Representative Arrested on 19 Voter Fraud Charges

    09.20.2014 – Wanamingo MN Township Supervisor Burned Ballots in his back Yard

    09.12.2014 – CA Senator gets jail time in Voter Fraud Case

    07.08.2014 – 4 Charged on Multiple Counts of Absentee Ballot Fraud in Alabama Municipal Election

    07.01.2014 – Voter Registration Fraud Alleged in Minneapolis, MN – Over 140 registered at Mail Center

    06.23.2014 – Shorewood WI Man Charged with 13 Counts of Voter Fraud

    05.09.2014 – 3 Women Charged on 56 Counts of falsifying Ballots in Texas Municipal Election

    04.03.2014 – Texas Woman gets 6 Months for Voting 5 times under Different Names in 2012 Runoff Election

    04.02.2014 – North Carolina Officials Identify up to 35,000 cases of Double Voting on Initial Review

    03.11.2014 – New Jersey Judge Charged with 2 Counts of Voter Fraud

    03.11.2014 – Mummified Detroit Woman voted 2 years after Dying

    02.24.2014 – 80 more Voting cases sent to Iowa Prosecutors

    02.22.2014 – PA: Philly Election Board Worker Arrested for Voter Fraud

    02.13.2014 – KY – Vote-Buyers Convicted in 2006 Allowed to run for Office Again (‘Bought’ voters were accompanied into booths and told who to vote for)

    02.11.2014 – Ohio Poll Worker Voted Twice, Referred to Prosecutors

    02.10.2014 – Pro-Pot Petitioner Convicted for Voter Fraud in Michigan

    01.28.2014 – British Citizen, Charged with rape, Appears to have also voted Illegally in New Hampshire Election

    01.14.2014 – New Hampshire man Convicted for Voting Twice

    01.13.2015 – Alabama Woman Enters Guilty Plea over 8Felony Voter Fraud Charges

    01.12.2014 – Texas Vote-Buying Case Leads to 3 FBI Arrests, Investigation Expanding

    12.22.2013 – 17 Non-Citizens Caught Voting in Ohio, Hundreds more illegally registered

    12.09.2013 – Non-Citizens Charged with voter fraud in Iowa

    12.04.2013 – Prisoner in Austin, MN faces felony voter fraud Charge

    12.03.2013 – Voter Impersonation Charges in Worcester, MA

    12.02.2013 – Ex-magistrate in West Virginia is 4th Official in County to plead Guilty to Corruption, Admits Voter Fraud

    11.22.2013 – Massachusetts Resident Indicted for Fraudulent vote in New Hampshire

    11.12.2013 – Texas Woman Convicted for voting 6 times in 2012 Primary Election

    08.28.2013 – 3 Face Voter Fraud Charges in St. Louis County (MO) over False Addresses

    08.20.2013 – Feds: Woman uses 5 Absentee Ballots in voter fraud Case (TX)

    07.26.2013 – Two Sentenced for Voting while Ineligible in Carlton County, MN

    07.19.2013 – Cincinnati poll worker Sentenced to 5 years for voter fraud in 3 Presidential Elections

    07.16.2013 – Two Somali Women Charged with Voter Fraud in Rice County, MN

    06.28.2013 – Missouri: Couple Pleads Guilty yo Voter Fraud

    06.18.2013 – Virgina Man Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud, Perjury

    06.14.2013 – FEMA Official Charged in Florida Voter Fraud Case

    06.13.2013 – Police Raid Miami Mayoral Campaign in Absentee Voter Fraud Case

    05.11.2013 – Carlton County, MN: Woman Convicted of voter fraud – Another Charged

    05.01.2013 – State Representative and Democrat Party Worker Sentenced to 18 Months for 20 Counts of Voter Fraud

    04.26.2013 – Indiana Officials Found Guilty in Ballot Petition Fraud

    04.09.2013 – Former MA Lawmaker gets 4 months in Prison for Voter Fraud Scheme

    04.06.2013 – Court Papers: Voter Fraud one of NY Assemblyman’s Tricks for Gaining Power

    03.27.2013 – North Dakota Secretary of State Finds Double-Voting and False Identity Voting – Referred to Prosecutors

    03.26.2013 – New Hampshire Attorney General Investigating Voter Fraud in Grafton

    03.26.2013 – North Carolina Investigating Vote Buying Scheme

    03.26.2013 – 2 More Charged in Iowa Voter Fraud Investigation (felon and non-citizen)

    03.24.2013 – Wisconsin Prosecutors Charge 10 People with Voter Fraud

    03.21.2013 – Police Investigate Mail Ballot Fraud in St. Clair County, IL

    03.19.2013 – AG Investigating Thousands of NH Voter Affidavits

    03.11.2013 – Nun, Others Face Voter Fraud Charges in Hamilton County, OH

    03.11.2013 – Ohio Poll Worker Charged with 8 Counts of Voter Fraud

    03.04.2013 – Judge admits Evidence in Alleged Voter Fraud Case (Indiana)

    02.22.2013 – Felon’s “I Voted Early” Sticker leads to Arrest, Fraud Charges (FL)

    02.14.2013 – Plea Deal in Indiana Democrat Political Operative Voter Fraud Case

    02.07.2013 – Willmar (MN) Student Faces Felony Charges for Voting both from Home and College Precincts in 2012

    02.05.2013 – 28 Subpoenas issued in Hamilton County, Ohio Voter Fraud Investigation

    01.18.2013 – WI Felon Charged with Voter Fraud

    01.14.2013 – Vote Fraud Charges Expected in Ohio.

    12.20.2012 – County Worker in NJ Sentenced to 5 Years for Voter Fraud in Conspiracy Case

    12.20.2012 – MA Lawmaker (Member of Elections Committee) Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud

    12.14.2012 – Prosecutor: SEIU Organizer Committed Voter Fraud in WI

    12.05.2012 – Fraud Allegations Mar Mayor’s Race in Orange Cove, CA

    12.01.2012 – Voter Fraud Investigation Prompts New Calls for Voter ID Law in WI

    11.29.2012 – Cottage Grove (MN) Police Investigating Voter Impersonation Fraud

    11.26.2012 – Voter Fraud Found in Mower County, Minnesota – Update: Non-citizens voted

    11.24.2012 – Former Morrisville, NC Councilwoman Found Guilty of Voter Fraud

    11.23.2012 – Iowa Secretary of State Expects more Voter Fraud Arrests

    11.23.2012 – Over 500 Non-Citizens Removed from Colorado Voter Rolls After Investigation

    11.21.2012 – Clinton, LA Police Investigating 115 Cases of Voter Fraud (13% of Total in the Small Town)

    11.21.2012 – Indiana Sheriff’s Department Employees Investigated, Charged for Voter Fraud

    11.20.2012 – East Longmeadow, MA Selectman & Candidate for State Rep. in Court on Voter Fraud Charges

    10.19.2012 – Dead Woman Among Names on Disputed Voter Forms (FL)

    10.17.2012 – Error or Deliberate Fraud may Disenfranchise Spanish-Speaking Voters in Arizona

    10.16.2012 – Voter Fraud Found in Vernon, CA Election – could Change Winner

    10.15.2012 – Florida Woman Sentenced for Wisconsin Election Fraud (Additional Story: Connected to Anti Voter ID Group)

    10.12.2012 – Florida Felon Charged with Multiple Voter Fraud Crimes

    10.10.2012 – Candidate Voted Twice in Same Elections (Texas, Pennsylvania)

    10.04.2012 – LA City Councilman and Wife to Stand Trial for Voter Fraud

    10.02.2012 – 10 NDSU Football Players Plead Guilty to Election Fraud

    09.26.2012 – CA Democrats Claim Republican Voter Fraud

    09.25.2012 – 9 New Interstate Cases of Voter Fraud in Arizona

    09.20.2012 – Reform Democrats Claim Widespread Voter Fraud in New York Primary

    09.19.2012 – 4 Republican Staffers Charged with Election Fraud in Michigan

    09.13.2012 – New Albany, KY Mayoral Candidate, Another Arrested on Voter Fraud Charges

    09.10.2012 – MD – Candidate for House Quits Campaign Amid Voter Fraud Allegations

    09.05.2012 – “Ballot Broker,” others face felony charges for voter fraud in Florida

    09.02.2012 – Non-Citizen Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud in Florida

    08.29.2102 – Two Men Sentenced in Lincoln County WV Voter Fraud Conspiracy

    08.14.2012 – Voter Fraud Suspected in Massachusetts Race

    07.31.2012 – Elderly Couple Alleged Victims of Absentee Voter Fraud in FL

    07.31.2012 – Elderly Man Resists Voter Fraud Van Coercion – TX

    07.26.2012 – AZ: Candidate for County Supervisor Withdraws After Former Companion Found to Have Voted While Dead

    07.25.2012 – Kentucky Voter Fraud Allegedly Funded by Drug Money

    07.23.2012 – FL: Ineligible (non-citizen) Voters Discovered on Orange County Voter Rolls

    07.19.2012 – PA: Philly Election Official Details Examples of Voter Fraud

    07.12.2012 – CA City Officials Plead Guilty to Voter Fraud and Corruption

    07.06.2012 – Voter Fraud sends Former Charlottesville, VA Council Candidate to Jail

    07.02.2012 – State Police Investigate Espanola, NM Voter Fraud

    06.26.2012 – Fluvanna VA School Teacher Officially Indicted for Voter Fraud

    06.24.2012 – Sunland Park NM Ex-Employees Indicted for Voter Fraud, Conspiracy

    06.21.2012 – Election Fraud: California Union Official Voted in Wisconsin Recall

    06.19.2012 – Arkansas Prosecutor asks Investigator to Look into Suspected Voter Fraud

    06.07.2012 – Quartzsite, AZ Voter Fraud Allegations

    06.05.2012 – Voter Fraud Explodes in Wisconsin – Eyewitnesses Speak Out

    06.05.2012 – New Jersey Democrats Square off over Alleged Voter Fraud Effort

    05.29.2012 – 88 Election Complaints Filed in South Texas (exploitation of vulnerable adults for election fraud)

    05.23.2012 – KAMC Investigates Voter Fraud in Lorenzo, TX

    05.20.2012 – Voter Fraud Charges Expand in New Mexico Town – More Arrests Made

    05.16.2012 – MI State Audit Shows Dead People, Prisoners Cast 1,500 Votes

    05.07.2012 – State Sweep Finds 1,251 Ineligible (Non-Citizen) Voters in FL

    05.04.2012 – 3,100 Invalid Voter Registration Cards Turned in by GOP Registration Drive in CA

    05.01.2012 – Mayor of Austin, Indiana Arrested on Voter Fraud Charges

    04.30.2012 – Democratic precinct chairwoman candidate indicted in voter fraud case in Fort Worth, TX

    04.26.2012 – Milwaukee WI DA Investigating Voter Fraud Claims Involving “Occupy” Protestors

    04.23.2012 – Massive Voter Fraud Uncovered in Virginia

    04.10.2012 – Vernon CA Election Mired in Fraud Allegations

    04.04.2012 – IL State Police Investigating State’s Attorney investigator for Voter Fraud

    04.03.2012 – 4 Indiana Democrat Party Officials Charged with Election Fraud

    04.03.2012 – NC State Trooper & Town Commissioner charged for corruption and voter fraud

    04.03.2012 – Richmond (VA) Indicts 10 on Voter Fraud Charges

    03.29.2012 – NM State Senate Candidate Accused of Voter Fraud

    03.29.2012 – Troubled LA Suburb Investigating Possible Voter Fraud

    03.24.2012 – Ohio Elections Chief Asks for Voter Fraud Probe (double-voting across state lines)

    03.15.2012 – 7 Indicted for Voter Fraud in Texas Road Utility District Election

    03.15.2012 – Iowa Counties Reporting Multiple Cases of Voter Fraud

    03.08.2012 – Former WV Sherriff, County Clerk Plead Guilty to Attempting to Steal Election

    03.08.2012 – 3rd Arrest Made in NM Border City Vote Fraud Case

    03.07.2012 – Candidates Claim Voter Fraud in Orlando, FL Mayor & Commissioner Race

    03.07.2012 – Voter Fraud Charges Against Group Who Registered to a Motel to Vote out of District in TX

    03.07.2012 – Politician Charged in Voter Fraud Case – NC

    03.06.2012 – Illegal Alien Convicted of Fraud Voted Regularly Under Name of US Citizen in AL

    03.06.2012 – Guilty Pleas in Voter Fraud Case Involving Hundreds of Forged Absentee Ballots in WV

    03.04.2012 – Police Arrest Woman in Connection with Voter Fraud in Sunland Park, NM (more)

    03.03.2012 – 9 Voter Fraud Cases Investigated in Iowa Municipal Elections

    02.29.2012 – Voter Fraud Investigation Leads to Assault Charges in Lincoln County, WV

    02.28.2012 – Chicago: Former Elmwood Park Residents May Have Submitted Fraudulent Votes

    02.27.2012 – Dallas County Judge Carlos Medrano found Guilty in Voter Fraud Case

    02.17.2012 – NC Police Officers Investigated, Charged with Voter Fraud

    02.14.2012 – Medrano Vote Fraud Trials Get Underway (Dallas, TX)

    02.07.2012 – Indiana’s Top Election Official Convicted of Voter Fraud

    02.06.2012 – Alabama DA to Investigate Possible Voter Fraud

    02.02.2012 – Florida: NBC2 Investigates Voter Fraud (non-citizens caught voting)

    01.31.2012 – Marlborough City Councilor Indicted for Voter Fraud (Absentee/Dead Voter)

    01.30.2012 – Feds Crack Lincoln County (West Vigrinia) Vote Fraud

    01.23.2012 – Six Under Investigation for Double-Voting Across Colorado-Kansas Border

    01.20.2012 – Non-Citizens May Have Voted in Maine Election

    01.17.2012 – Thousands of Unverifiable Voters Challenged After Ballots were Counted

    01.12.2012 – 900 Listed as Dead Recently Voted (South Carolina)

  • Melo11

    I guess the majority is against, right?

  • Badgerite

    I stopped listening to the blowhard quite some time ago. When you know someone is full of shit, why bother?

  • marknc

    PERFECT! And that is exactly the game Republicans play nationwide.

  • Trump is just doing what he’s been doing all along: picking something that’s a hot button for the right (if for no one else) and stating it in the most outrageous terms possible. He’s full of the brown stinky, but the teabagger base just loves to wallow in that.

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  • Ted Severe

    I can see Trump screaming voter fraud when he loses Iowa. He’s just setting the stage.

  • Believe it or not, it would not be difficult at all for election officials to see if one person cast ballots in multiple states or locales. In fact, in the few cases of voter fraud which actually DID happen, it was precisely because the multiple votes were rather easily uncovered.

  • Voter ID laws in states which have passed them were advertised as being designed to keep ineligible people–the undocumented, felons, minors, etc.–from casting ballots. As you pointed out though, Jon, the number of people who had been doing this prior to the voter ID laws being passed was statistically negligible. What election fraud had been committed in elections past nearly always resulted from tampering of the ballot machines themselves or tampering with the counting.

    If voter fraud was a thing, these voter ID advocates could point to at least one election being thrown due to ineligible voters casting ballots. This hasn’t happened, so they can’t. Yet for some reason, the laws’ advocates are allowed to assert this bogus statement without being required to prove it.

    Thus the situation is exactly like the TRAP laws the right wingers have been passing all over the country to eliminate access to reproduction rights for women. Time and time again, the advocates claim the laws and ‘targeted regulations’ are intended to project women’s health, when in fact the entire goal is to regulate abortion providers out of existence. I think one judge rightly characterized it as “A right with no means available to exercise it is no right at all.”

    Well, they’re doing it with voting, too. In the name of something the wingnut Republicans claim is necessary, they are looking to regulate voters to the point where nobody but their people are allowed to vote. As many have noted, the way the voter ID laws are being implemented, they disenfranchise those most likely not to have the documentation needed, plus they are in essence a poll tax. The situation in Mississippi showed us intended progression in their methods. Step 1 was to require an ID which was already inconvenient (and in some cases, prohibitively expensive) to acquire. Step 2 was then to close down the DMV offices nearest to the targeted populations–in this case, African Americans–to make it even harder and more expensive. Another step along the way has been to challenge the Voting Rights Act. Now, as they’re already reducing the number of eligible voters, their anti-democratic (small-d) lobbying is switching to attempts to rig the election system so that only eligible voters are counted for Congressional apportionment.

    I think it’s especially appalling though when fascist demagogues like Trump can make these kinds of blatantly false statements and not be called out on the spot, when it would not take much at all just to be ready with the obvious follow-up questions: “Exactly which elections are being thrown due to fraudulent voting as you are describing? Can you name even a single instance where this has happened? Or is your intent really just to keep certain people–otherwise entirely eligible voters under the Constitution–from being able to vote?”

  • gratuitous

    Trump is feeding the baseless fears of his base voters. They’ve been primed for years to think that there is some kind of shadowy jiggery-pokery going on all over the country, suspiciously hidden from news cameras, that allows the wrong people to cast numerous ballots. It’s all of a piece to promote distrust of the government, cast aspersions on government legitimacy, and make it more difficult to engage in actual governance. One of the fully-predictable results of this kind by demagoguery is currently on display in Harney County, Oregon.

    Some of this could be defused by a political press that would insist on details: Where is this happening? What people are in office who shouldn’t be? Trump is making reckless statements; make him back them up, and don’t let go until he either produces evidence or backs down. Yeah, it’s hard work, but the millionaires who control our political discourse on the broadcast and cable channels should have to do a little heavy lifting from time to time, shouldn’t they?

  • Sally

    I wonder when the last time Trump actually showed up at his polling place and stood in line, filled out the form, had it checked against his ID, got a ballot, waited some more, and then went into the booth and voted. Ha. Never! How in heck would someone vote multiple times? When I do absentee, my name is checked off in the registrar book that goes to my precinct. No way can I show up and vote again. Trump is just stirring another pot. Such an evil man.

  • Sally

    Yes, white and GOP. I often wondered how many ballots the Romneys cast…don’t they own homes in several states? Without a nationwide ID (which the GOP was against when Dems proposed it) how would anyone know that he got an absentee ballot in Utah and MA, and then voted in New Hampshire?

  • JaneE

    The only cases I have heard about were legislators or their family members who voted in their home districts as well as their “work” addresses or people rich enough to have multiple homes. Then there was the voter fraud of Ann Coulter who used a phony address when she registered. But she is white, so it is ok.

  • The_Fixer

    So, in a country where not even half the people vote, and one has to practically beg people to vote in order to even get that kind of turnout, Trump thinks that people are voting multiple times?

    Yeah, I don’t think so. It’s the usual scenario – it’s not that people are fraudulently voting, it’s that the wrong people are voting. You know, non-Republicans.

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