Letter: In vote-by-mail states, fraud is rare

Published: 6/2/2020 12:01:18 AM

As we approach November’s elections, we’re likely to hear more and more about the potential for voter fraud. We heard some concerns leading up to and after the 2016 election and the president took action to investigate the issue. After almost two years of investigation, the president’s Commission on Election Integrity was disbanded without finding widespread cases of fraud.

The pandemic has led many states, including New Hampshire, to propose vote-by-mail policies to safely administer the upcoming elections. Critics of the proposals, including the president, have suggested that allowing for increased access to vote-by-mail will lead to voter fraud.

Prior to the pandemic, five states, including Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington, employed universal vote-by-mail programs, meaning all citizens could vote by mail, regardless of their reason. Among these states, voter fraud is a fake problem. With over 100 million mail-in ballots since 2000, Oregon has had only 12 cases of voter fraud. And a more wide-ranging investigation by the Brennan Center for Justice revealed only 491 cases of voter fraud among billions of mail-in ballots cast in the U.S. from 2000 to 2012. The authors of the report wrote, “it is still more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail voting fraud.”



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