News21, a Carnegie Corporation and Knight Foundation-supported investigative project (see below), compiled and analyzed data on voter-fraud reports since 2000. The numbers indicate that voter impersonation “represent[s] one out of about every 15 million prospective voters.”
And although “There is more fraud in absentee ballots and voter registration than any other categories. The analysis shows 491 cases of absentee ballot fraud and 400 cases of registration fraud. A required photo ID at the polls would not have prevented these cases,” News21 analysis shows.
In North Carolina, where a voter-identification bill was passed by the state legislature but vetoed by Gov. Bev Purdue earlier this year, there have been “22 cases of alleged election fraud since 2000. … The most prevalent [type of] fraud was Casting Ineligible Vote at 36 percent (8 cases).”
Here’s the study’s conclusion:
“A News21 analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. … With 146 million registered voters in the United States during that time, those 10 cases represent one out of about every 15 million prospective voters. …”
“a national investigative reporting project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The goal of the program, headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is to produce in-depth, innovative and interactive investigative journalism on issues of national importance.
The voting rights project was produced by 24 students from 11 universities across the country under the direction of journalism professionals. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation provided a grant supporting the work of six of the students, and the Hearst Foundations supported another three fellows.”
The Washington Post reported on News21′s findings on Aug. 11:
A new nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 cases of alleged election fraud over the past dozen years shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which has prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tougher voter ID laws, was virtually nonexistent.
The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000. With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters. …