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To the editor:
How does a lie come to be widely taken as the truth? The answer is very simple. Repeat it over and over again. And when faced with actual facts that clearly contradict those lies, repeat it even louder.
Allegations of election-related fraud is one of those lies.
In the aftermath of a close election, losing candidates are often quick to blame voter fraud as justification for those results.
Legislators often cite voter fraud as justification for various new restrictions to be imposed regarding casting one’s vote, leading to new ID requirements, voter intimidation, voter discrimination and disruption of voter locations.
Let’s set the record straight.
In study after study, there has been shown there is virtually no voter fraud anywhere in this country.
In one recent study -- looking at elections from 2000 to 2014, with more than one billion votes cast -- there have been only 31 credible “claims” of in-person voter fraud.
This is the study done by Professor Justin Levitt of the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He is an expert on constitutional law, the laws of democracy focusing on election administration.
There are plenty of shortcomings in the American voting system, but most are the result of outdated machines, insufficient resources, shutting down of polling places, eliminating early voting or human error – not intentional fraud.
In our nation, where on a good day only 60 percent of eligible voters show up at the polls, there is very little evidence of voter fraud.
The truth is that those who have perpetuated the myth of voter fraud and “rigged elections” do not really care about the integrity of our voting system; they are just seeking to undermine the rights of legitimate voters thinking that -- it will help them win elections.
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