By the Numbers: Voter Fraud

 

By Jenna Goff and Joan Greve

Washington Week Fellows

 

With just over three weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump has ramped up his claims that the election is "rigged" against him. He blasted Republican leaders on Twitter on Monday, calling them "so naive" and saying: "Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day."

 

What is the truth behind Trump’s declarations? We look at the numbers behind voting fraud in America.

 

Percentage of Americans who think that the election could be “stolen” from Trump: 41%  

(73% of Republicans and 17% of Democrats)

 

Number of voter fraud cases since 2000:  44 cases out of 1 billion votes cast

(8 of which involve more than one ballot affected)

 

Rate of voter fraud: 0.0000044%

 

Number of states with active voter ID laws: 32

 

Number of laws passed to tighten voting laws since 2001: Over 1,000

 

2012 voter turnout: 129,085,403

 

Approximate number of 2012 voter fraud cases: 4

 

Projected number of 2016 voter fraud cases based on 2012 turnout: 4

 

Your odds of getting struck by lightning (twice!) are more likely than election fraud at: 1 in 9 million

 

And you’re much more likely to win an Olympic gold medal, with odds of: 1 in 662,000

 


Photo via Flickr / Jay Baker