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The Voter Fraud Myth

Today, President Trump announced his intention to launch an investigation into voter fraud.  Trump has alleged that as many as 3-5 million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election, however he has not provided any evidence. Election officials from both major parties have denied there is widespread voter fraud and numerous studies bear them out. Take a look at the following articles which debunk the voter fraud myth.

Pew Charitable Trusts, Upgrading Voter Registration Processes, October 18, 2016

Center for American Progress, Voter Fraud Isn’t Real—But Voter Suppression Is a Grave Danger, November 29, 2016

Center for American Progress, Voter Suppression Laws Cost Americans Their Voices at the Polls, November 11, 2016

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George W. Bush also did a "major investigation" into fraud. His administration didn't find any because it doesn't exist. (In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud)

The National Association of Secretaries of State reports: "We are not aware of any evidence that supporters the voter fraud claims made by President Trump."

Ohio's Republican Secretary of State John Husted tweeted: "We conducted a review 4 years ago in Ohio & already have a statewide review of 2016 election underway. Easy to vote, hard to cheat."

After the election, Trump's own layer filed a legal complaint in Pennsylvania stating, "There is no evidence -- or even an allegation -- that any tampering with Pennsylvania's voting systems actually occurred."

The New York Times: "In an election in which more than 137.7 million Americans cast ballots, election and law enforcement officials in 26 states and the District of Columbia — Democratic-leaning, Republican-leaning and in-between — said that so far they knew of no credible allegations of fraudulent voting. Officials in another eight states said they knew of only one allegation."

The New York Times expounds on Senator Sanders's idea of charging voter fraud as a political strategy. As Rick Hasen notes, "And so voter fraud became an excuse for making it harder to register and to vote.”

The Washington Post's Dan Balz: "Trump’s voter fraud claims undermine the democratic process and his presidency."

Senator McCain: There's no evidence of that and I think those who allege that have to come up with some substantiation."

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