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The political Left steadfastly opposes the enactment of Voter ID laws designed to guard against voter fraud in federal elections. To justify this stance, leftists typically argue that the incidence of such fraud is exceedingly rare, and that initiatives like Voter ID requirements are therefore not only unnecessary, but actually serve as a de facto form of vote suppression. Following are some examples of individuals and organizations that hold this view:

  • Attorney General Eric Holder, who contends that "instances of in-person voting fraud are extremely rare," told a Texas audience in December 2011: "This notion that there is widespread in-person voter fraud is simply belied by the facts." Holder portrays Voter ID laws as nothing more than "political efforts" designed to make it "more difficult" for "groups that are not supportive of those in power" -- i.e., nonwhite minorities "who ... aren't necessarily supportive of the Republican Party" -- to "have access to the ballot."
  • In an April 2014 address to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, President Barack Obama declared: "[L]et's be clear, the real voter fraud is the people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud."
  • Hillary Clinton dismisses voter fraud as a "phantom epidemic" that exists chiefly in the imagination of conservatves.
  • The Brennan Center for Justice says that "voter fraud is very rare" and "voter impersonation is nearly non-existent."
  • In September 2012, an ABC News story depicted voter fraud as a largely "non-existent problem."
  • According to Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, voter fraud is so rare that "you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than find a case of prosecutorial voter fraud."
  • In an April 2014 decision regarding the implementation of a Wisconsin Voter ID law, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman wrote that "virtually no voter impersonation occurs in Wisconsin."
  • And in a June 2014 New York Times opinion piece, Dartmouth College assistant professor Brendan Nyhan asserted that "voter fraud is exceptionally rare across the country." He classified such fraud as "a misperception ... that is far more prevalent than the practice itself."

This section of Discover The Networks is intended to refute, with hard evidence, the foregoing assertions of the Left. The section consists of excerpts from hundreds of news stories reporting on fraud and improprieties in the voter-registration process as well as at the ballot box. These excerpts are arranged in chronological order according to when they were first published.

  • Part 1 consists of excerpts dealing with large-scale voter fraud cases involving hundreds, thousands, and in some cases millions of individuals or transgressions.

  • Part 2 consists of excerpts dealing with voter fraud cases involving dozens, or scores, of individuals or transgressions.

  • Part 3 consists of excerpts dealing with voter fraud cases involving smaller -- or, in some instances, indeterminate -- numbers of individuals or transgressions.

Taken together, the news items that comprise Parts 1 through 3 demonstrate that election-related fraud in the U.S. is in fact a problem of significant magnitude. That said, the full extent of the problem cannot be known for certain, simply because, as blogger John Hinderaker explains: "By definition, those who perpetrate [voter fraud] seek to go undetected, and it is a circular argument to say that there is no need for better law enforcement because our current lax enforcement hasn’t caught many violators."

In a similar vein, in May 2012 author John Fund wrote: "Just this week in Fort Worth, Texas, a Democratic precinct chairwoman was indicted on charges of arranging an illegal vote. Hazel Woodard James has been charged with conspiring with her non-registered son to have him vote in place of his father. The only reason the crime was detected was that the father showed up later in the day to vote at the same precinct. Most fraudsters are smart enough to have their accomplices cast votes in the names of dead people on the voter rolls, who are highly unlikely to appear and complain that someone else voted in their place."

While we may not know with absolute assuredness the precise extent of voter fraud, we most certainly do know that any instance of such fraud inflicts tremendous damage on the American body politic -- eroding public trust in government and undermining people's acceptance of the very legitimacy of their elected leaders. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens addressed these concerns in 2008, when he wrote: "[C]onfidence in the integrity of our electoral processes is essential to the functioning of our participatory democracy. Voter fraud drives honest citizens out of the democratic process and breeds distrust of our government. Voters who fear their legitimate votes will be outweighed by fraudulent ones will feel disenfranchised."

Finally, it is worth noting that Attorney General Holder's contention that Voter ID laws are unnecessary was dealt an embarrassing blow in early 2012, when James O'Keefe -- a 28-year-old, white investigative journalist -- posted online a video of himself walking into the polling place in Holder’s District of Columbia precinct, falsely identifying himself as Eric Holder -- a highly prominent 61-year-old African American -- and asking for a ballot so he could vote in the Democratic primary which was being held that day. The video shows a poll worker responding to O'Keefe's request by willingly offering him Holder's ballot and making no effort to verify the young man's identity.

 PART 1        PART 2        PART 3




NOTE: The many examples of voter fraud and voter-registration fraud that appear throughout this section of Discover The Networks were compiled through the painstaking research of Michael Bauer.


A Sampling of Election Fraud Cases from Across the Country (.pdf)
By The Heritage Foundation

Does Your Vote Count? (.pdf)
By The Heritage Foundation


The Left’s Voter Fraud Secret
By Matthew Vadum
September 15, 2016

Cranking up Demagoguery: Early Voting’s Ugly Impact
By Jonah Goldberg
November 5, 2014

Illegal Voters Tipping Election Scales?
By Matthew Vadum
October 29, 2014

GOP Surrendered On Minority Voter Fraud—In 1982!
By Thomas O. Meehan
October 29, 2014

Could Non-citizens Decide the November Election?
By Jesse Richman and David Earnest
October 24, 2014

Department of Justice Expert Testifies Blacks Dumber and Less Sophisticated than Whites
By Thomas Lifson
October 22, 2014

An Inside Look at How Democrats Rig the Election Game
By James Simpson
August 9, 2014

The Left’s National Vote Fraud Strategy Exposed
By James Simpson
May 8, 2012

Voter Fraud: An Existential Threat to America
By James Simpson
May 8, 2014

Did Obama Steal the 2012 Election
By James Simpson
December 10, 2012

Federal Court Smacks Down Eric Holder’s Attack on NC Voter ID
By J. Christian Adams
August 8, 2014

Real Numbers on Voter ID and Race in NC
By Rebekah Maxwell
July 2, 2014

Massive Voter Fraud Discovered in North Carolina’s 2012 Election
By PJ Media
April 2, 2014

Mexico Demands ID and Controls Voter Fraud: Why Can’t US?
By Richard Cameron
March 27, 2014

Voter Fraud: We’ve Got Proof It’s Easy
By John Fund
January 12, 2014

New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time
By John Fund
December 31, 2013

Appeals Court Win for Wisconsin Voter ID Law
By Judicial Watch
June 4, 2013

Rhode Island Democrats Disprove Media Myth That Voter ID Is ‘Racist’
By Kevin Mooney
October 13, 2012

160 Counties Have More Registered Voters Than are Actually Eligible to Vote
By Madeleine Morgenstern
August 6, 2012

Voter ID Laws Are Inherently Reasonable, Not Racist or Republican
By Jonathan S. Tobin
July 23, 2012

Judicial Watch and Allied Educational Foundation Submit Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Tennessee’s Attempt to Remove Ineligible Voters from Voter Registration Lists
By Judicial Watch
June 13, 2012

The Reality of Voter Fraud
By John Fund
May 2, 2012

Stealing Our Elections
By Peter Ferrara
April 25, 2012

9th Circuit Upholds Voter ID Law
By Judicial Watch
April 18, 2012

Voter Fraud: Research Study Suggests Major Election Problems
By Examiner.com
February 20, 2012

Inaccurate, Costly, and Inefficient: Evidence That America’s Voter Registration System Needs an Upgrade
By Pew Charitable Trusts
February 14, 2012

New Documents Show Department of Justice Coordination with ACORN-Connected Project Vote
By Judicial Watch
December 14, 2011

Thousands of Fraud Cases Just 'Tip of Iceberg'
By Bob Unruh
October 16, 2011

Documents: ACORN and Project Vote Activity Led to Dramatic Increase in Invalid Colorado Voter Registrations for 2008 and 2010
By Judicial Watch
August 4, 2011

Special Report: The Voter Fraud Threat to Free and Fair Elections
By Judicial Watch
August 2, 2011

ACORN Guilty Again; Obama DOJ Still Won’t Investigate
By Judicial Watch
April 7, 2011

Lawlessness at the DOJ: Voting Section Told Not to Enforce Purging the Dead or Ineligible from Voting Rolls
By J. Christian Adams
July 8, 2010

The ACORN/Obama Voter Registration ‘Thug Thizzle’
By Michelle Malkin
October 8, 2008

Absentee Ballot Fraud: A Stolen Election in Greene County, Alabama
By Hans A. von Spakovsky
September 5, 2008
Undercover Video Exposes Flagrant Voter Fraud In New Hampshire Primary
February 10, 2016

Undercover Video Shows North Carolina Poll Workers Offering ballots to Ineligible Impostor – TWENTY TIMES
November 3, 2014

Multiple NC Campaign Workers Willing to Aid Non-Citizen with Felony Kay Hagan Votes - October 30, 2014

Illegal Aliens, Non-Citizens Caught Voting In Florida In Vast Numbers – March 5, 2014

Ohio Voter Fraud Cases Investigated – December 22, 2013

Former Congressional Candidate, Cobby Williams, Arrested on Voter Fraud Charge – December 13, 2013

New Hampshire Attorney General's Office Investigates Voter Fraud Claim in Grafton – March 26, 2013

Voter Fraud Investigation Prompts New Calls for Voter ID Law – November 30, 2012

Proof of Voter Fraud Near Capital of New York – November 29, 2012

John Fund Sounds the Alarm on Voter Fraud – November 2, 2012

Jim Moran's (D-Va.) Field Director Conspires to Commit Voter Fraud and Forge Documents – October 8, 2012

DNC Staffer Assists Double Voting In Support of Obama – September 7, 2012

Glenn Reynolds Discusses Voter Fraud in America with Author John Fund – August 23, 2012

Exposing Voter Fraud in Kentucky – July 27, 2012

Campaign Workers Caught Offering Alcohol to Voters – June 4, 2012

Voter Fraud Charges Expand in New Mexico Town – May 20, 2012

North Carolina Non-Citizens Voting, Dead Offered Ballots, UNC Officials Embrace Voter Fraud – May 15, 2012

Vote Fraud Test Case: US Attorney General Eric Holder's Ballot to Vote Offered to Total Stranger – April 9, 2012

Voter Fraud Investigation Lands on Eric Holder's Doorstep – April 9, 2012

O'Keefe Video Exposes Voter Fraud-Friendly Policies in Vermont – March 13, 2012

Caught on Tape: Dead People and Clones Offered Ballots in Vermont Primary – March 6, 2012

Registering Tim Tebow and Tom Brady to Vote in Minnesota – February 7, 2012

Mass Voter Fraud Discovered in Florida – February 3, 2012

South Carolina Attorney General: We Know For a Fact That Dead People Are Voting – January 21, 2012

New Hampshire Voter Fraud Investigation – January 11, 2012

Dead People Receive Ballots in NH Primary – January 11, 2012

Voter Fraud Allegations Mar Buffalo Race – October 30, 2011

The Constitution and the Right To Vote: Protecting against Voter Fraud – October 6, 2011

Anita Moncrief at Americans For Prosperity Foundation C-PAC (Part 1) (Part 2) – September 23, 2011

ACORN Voter Fraud: 2008 Presidential Election (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) – February 8, 2011

University of Minnesota Students Engaged in Voter Fraud? – November 11, 2010

Are Prosecutors Trying To Conceal Minnesota's Felon Voter Problem? – July 15, 2010

FBI Investigating ACORN for Voter Fraud – October 16, 2008

CNN Exposes How ACORN Steals Votes for Democrats – October 10, 2008

Diebold Electronic Vote Fraud Confirmed – February 1, 2008


Major Voter Fraud Nest Exposed (in New Hampshire) – January 22, 2014

NH Voter Fraud: Domiciles at State Campsite – November 6, 2013

Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk – John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky, Encounter, 2012

How the Obama Administration Threatens to Undermine Our Elections – John Fund, Encounter, 2009

Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy – John Fund, Encounter, 2004

Dual Voters: Florida and North Carolina (Voter Integrity Project Technical Report Series) – John Pizzo and Mark Merry, Amazon Digital Services, 2014




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