Voter fraud is a myth but hypocrisy is not
President Trump claims there is large-scale voter fraud. Last November he tweeted, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Ostensibly to address this, he created an Election Integrity Commission, with Kris Kobach as its co-chairman. Claims about the pervasiveness of voter fraud are widespread. They are also severely exaggerated, deceitful and subversive.
Let us examine just a few of the facts. PolitiFact called Trump’s claim a “pants on fire” lie. The Brennan Center at NYU reported that being struck by lightning is more likely than in-person voter fraud. The Washington Post reported 31 credible cases of voter fraud in a study of 15 years and 1 billion votes, as well as four total fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. A U.S. Department of Justice study reported that .00000013 percent of ballots were fraudulent. Even Kobach testified that in his own review of 84 million votes across 22 states, only 14 suspected cases of fraud were found.
He is also a champion of notoriously discriminatory voter ID laws, like the ones the North Carolina judiciary ruled “targeted African-Americans with almost surgical precision.” Given this stance, he has unsurprisingly been sued successfully four times by the ACLU for illegal voter suppression.
Claims of rampant voter fraud have literally no supporting evidence, but the reality of systematic voter suppression is clear. Voter suppression is the real voter fraud.