Investigation: 31 Instances of Voter Impersonation Out of 1 Billion Ballots Cast

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The Washington Post recently published a guest post written by Justin Levitt, a professor at the Loyola University Law School and an expert in constitutional law/law of democracy, with a focus on election administration and redistricting.

In the post, Levitt writes about recent voter ID rulings, including Wisconsin’s, and about his experience investigating instances of voter impersonation – what he says voter ID laws are designed to prevent.

Here is an excerpt:

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.

I’ve been tracking allegations of fraudfor 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.

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.

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.

To read Levitt’s blog in its entirety, click here.

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