This campaign cycle, unlike any other in our esteemed history, has seen more allegations of voter fraud than ever before.

It has led to some highly unusual tactics with campaigning, with voters being requested and motivated to turn up at their precincts to hover over other booths to make sure there is no tampering in the balloting cast procedure, as well as a candidate possibly willing to not concede defeat IF, the results sway in a particular direction.

Foolishly enough, the media has picked up these sensationalist claims with what seems to be no sense of truth or concern for real facts. Indeed, most institutions have jumped on these claims simply to drive viewership and make the political process more “flashy” for their own financial benefit. That is the root of the true issue. Politics, at it’s very core will always be a slightly dull topic to the common person, unless you find these intricacies of the political processes intriguing. Most of those mundane nuances simply put most to sleep, and that has led to the mass media doing anything and everything possible to drive ratings. Sadly it has worked with resounding success, highlighting some major points along the way.

Our weakness for riveting, shell-shocking headlines has led to us believing in problems that do not exist. Voter fraud is one of those problems.

Simply put, voter fraud is virtually non-existent in the United States. Of course, countless thousands will roar in anger and disgust at that statement given what the media has allowed to be covered during this campaign, so we’ve decided to break down some proper numbers and TRUE facts on the boring reality of voter fraud:

 

As originally reported by the New York Times in 2007, during a five year period during the Bush Administration (A Republican administration nonetheless,) when 196 million votes were cast, the number of cases (alleged) of voter fraud read…86. Not 86,000; 86. Here’s what that number looks like as a percentage of votes cast: 0.00004%. Four one-hundred thousandths of a percent.

Even more damning, of the 33 voter ID laws that have been proposed and passed into legislation during that same time period to prevent such fraud, 32 of those laws have been proposed by Republican legislatures and passed by Republican controlled statehouses. So we have the party of primary interest claiming voter fraud, controlling the laws put into place in order to eliminate it as well.

To follow up on the original New York Times investigation, in 2014 the Washington Post invited Justin Levitt, a professor at the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and an expert in constitutional law and the law of democracy, with a particular focus on election administration and redistricting to guest post his own investigation into the true, verified cases of voter fraud dating back to 2000.

The numbers not only vindicate the initial report from the Bush Administration, but make it obvious that voter fraud is the biggest non-issue, issue, ever.

Justin was able to procure 31 incidents of voter impersonation out of a full 1 Billion (1,000,000,000) ballots cast. That’s 0.00000031%. The comprehensive study just further proves that voter fraud is at best, a laughable excuse for any campaign to bring to the forefront as an issue of importance.

So, unmoved by facts and undeterred by new information, WHY is Voter Fraud still an issue?

 

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