Election Fraud vs Voter Fraud
It is important to understand the difference in these terms in order to asses what risks they pose to our election outcomes.
Voter Fraud is when ineligible voters vote using false IDs or eligible voters attempt to vote multiple times. But there is scant evidence that voter fraud is causing significant problems in any city, state or territory in the US.
A comprehensive investigation of voter fraud finds only 31 credible incidents out of one billion ballots. But political operatives such as Kris Kobach, the former Kansas Secretary of State, has been one of the most influential promoters of restrictive voting through claiming widespread voter fraud and is using his national platform to push his Republican agenda of voter suppression.
Why They're Lying To You About Voter Fraud
Trumps Voter-Fraud Commission plans to rely on tools like the Interstate Crosscheck System - a notoriously inaccurate "anti-voter fraud" data program lead by Kobach, the commission’s vice chairman. Crosscheck compares voter rolls to identify people who register and vote in multiple states. But for every actual double-voter it finds, it returns 200 false positives. It is wrong 99 % of the of the time.
Electoral Fraud, election manipulation, or vote rigging is illegal interference with the process of an election, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both.
Dr. Lora Chamberlain, Organizer of Clean Count Cook County, says,
"There is so much money flowing into our politics, with billionaires and millionaires spending millions of dollars to capture key races - why would they not try to corrupt top IT staffers within the election offices, to alter the vote totals? Especially if no one is watching or properly auditing the ballots."
Election integrity specialists agree that the election machines, central tabulators, electronic poll books, wifi transmission of the votes on election night, computerized voter registration data, and yes, even the paper ballots, are vulnerable to manipulation and hacking. These vulnerabilities depend on the security of the election and audit processes, how those processes are implemented, the degree of accountability when these processes are breached, and the amount of transparency, afforded to the Public.
The devil is always in the details!"
There is copious evidence of election fraud occurring across America. Evidence of altered vote totals undermining the will of voters in many jurisdictions. Listen to this important testimony by Dr. J. Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the U of Michigan, to a US Senate Committee, exposing how easy election equipment is to hack.
Comedian Samantha Bee did a great satire on election fraud in this hilarious Utube video.
She came to the conclusion that a major way out of the computerized "Matrix of Election Theft" is to have paper ballots marked by the voter's own hand. Then citizens and candidates can observe the hand counting of, at least, some of those paper ballots - what could be simpler than that?