The Myth of Voter Fraud in the New Yorker

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Jane Mayer’s article “The Voter-Fraud Myth” in the October 29, 2012, issue of The New Yorker includes comment from Lorraine Minnite, author of The Myth of Voter Fraud. Here’s an extract:

“Lorraine Minnite, a public-policy professor at Rutgers, collated decades of electoral data for her 2010 book, The Myth of Voter Fraud, and came up with some striking statistics. In 2005, for example, the federal government charged many more Americans with violating migratory-bird statutes than with perpetrating election fraud, which has long been a felony. She told me, ‘It makes no sense for individual voters to impersonate someone. It’s like committing a felony at the police station, with virtually no chance of affecting the election outcome.’ A report by the Times in 2007 also found election fraud to be rare. During the Bush Administration, the Justice Department initiated a five-year crackdown on voter fraud, but only eighty-six people were convicted of any kind of election crime.”

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