Republicans have been whining for years now about voter fraud, and Donald Trump claims that millions of people voted fraudulently in the 2016 election (which is why he says he lost the popular vote by around 2.8 million votes).
Neither is true. The Republicans are using voter fraud claims to suppress the votes of groups prone to vote Democratic, and Trump is just trying to salve his own wounded ego. I offer you two excerpts below on voter fraud. The first is from an interview with Richard L. Hasen (professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California) at Bloomberg News by Francis Wilkinson, and the second is part of the New York Times article on voter fraud in the 2016 election by Michael Wines.
From Bloomberg News:
From the New York Times:
After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they actually received. The overwhelming consensus: next to none.
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.
A few states reported somewhat larger numbers of fraud claims that were under review. Tennessee counted 40 credible allegations out of some 4.3 million primary and general election votes. In Georgia, where more than 4.1 million ballots were cast, officials said they had opened 25 inquiries into “suspicious voting or election-related activity.”
But inquiries to all 50 states (every one but Kansas responded) found no states that reported indications of widespread fraud. And while additional allegations could surface as states wind up postelection reviews, their conclusions are unlikely to change significantly.
The findings unambiguously debunk repeated statements by President-elect Donald J. Trump that millions of illegal voters backed his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. They also refute warnings by Republican governors in Maine and North Carolina that election results could not be trusted.
And they underscore what researchers and scholars have said for years: Fraud by voters casting ballots illegally is a minuscule problem, but a potent political weapon.
“The old notion that somehow there are all these impostors out there, people not eligible to vote that are voting — it’s a lie,” said Thomas E. Mann, a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “But it’s what’s being used in the states now to impose increased qualifications and restrictions on voting.”
In a year that unfolded amid wild fraud claims, the reports from election officials were strikingly humdrum.