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The U.S. politics behind "voter fraud" The U.S. politics behind "voter fraud"
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There is no evidence that illegal voting is widespread, but Trump and the American people disagree. There is no evidence that illegal voting is widespread, but Trump and the American people disagree.
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<b>34 states have some form of voter identification laws to combat impersonation at the ballot box, but these incidents are extraordinarily rare. How can WikiTribune better cover this topic?</b> <b>Voter fraud is extraordinarily rare. Yet 34 states have some form of a voter identification law to combat impersonation at the ballot box. Trump and the majority of Americans believe see these laws as a positive, but many see these laws as designed to  prevent people from voting, in particular people of color and poor residents. </b>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">President Donald J. Trump announced on Thursday that he will </span><a href="https://www.apnews.com/67f6a7741a534b629184e4e8f939bbb3"><span style="font-weight: 400;">disband the commission </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">tasked with investigating voter fraud in federal elections.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commission of Electoral Integrity</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was established </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in May </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">after Trump claimed that at </span><a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/802972944532209664?lang=en"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">million people voted illegally</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the 2016 presidential election, which he says enabled Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote by 2.9 million ballots. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">President Donald J. Trump announced on Thursday that he will </span><a href="https://www.apnews.com/67f6a7741a534b629184e4e8f939bbb3"><span style="font-weight: 400;">disband the commission </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">tasked with investigating voter fraud in federal elections.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commission of Electoral Integrity</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was established </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in May </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">after Trump claimed that at </span><a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/802972944532209664?lang=en"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">million people voted illegally</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the 2016 presidential election, which he says enabled Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote by 2.9 million ballots. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump said a lack of cooperation from democratic states who</span><a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948872192284155904"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> refused to hand over election data</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as the reason behind the decision. Though the president continues to believe that there is “<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/">substantial evidence of voter fraud."</a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump said a lack of cooperation from democratic states who</span><a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948872192284155904"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> refused to hand over election data</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as the reason behind the decision. Though the president continues to believe that there is “<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/">substantial evidence of voter fraud."</a></span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission,” reads the statement. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission,” reads the statement. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">The committee wasn’t able to back up Trump's claims,</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> however, voter fraud has been </span><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">researched in several studies</span></a> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Brennan Center)</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. None of the investigations found non-eligible residents voting at a significant level. Yet there are large number of Americans believe that the problem exists. </span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">The committee wasn’t able to back up Trump's claims on voter fraud,</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> however, ther have been <a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf">several studies</a> that have already researched the topic </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Brennan Center)</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. None of the investigations found non-eligible residents voting at a significant level. </span>
<a href="http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/views-on-the-american-election-process-and-perceptions-of-voter-fraud-issue-brief.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">APNORC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a research project led by the Associated Press, polled 1,022 adults to gauge their thoughts on the integrity of federal elections. One third of participants believed that there is a “great deal” of voter fraud. While over a fourth say that there is “some fraud.”</span>  
[caption id="attachment_33107" align="aligncenter" width="620"]<a href="http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/views-on-the-american-election-process-and-perceptions-of-voter-fraud-issue-brief.aspx"><img class="wp-image-33107 size-medium" src="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wikitribune-uploads-master/2018/01/APNORC-voter-fraud-620x351.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="351" /></a> APNORC, Associated Press and the University of Chicago joint project, study public opinion behind voter fraud.[/caption]  
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Voter fraud indeed happens, just in small numbers. </span><a href="https://votingrights.news21.com/article/election-fraud/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">News21</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an investigative project, found 10 cases of voter impersonation between 2000-2012, which works out to roughly 1 in every 15 million voters. The </span><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brennan Center for Justice</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> compiled a list in January of additional studies and court cases that found similar underwhelming figures. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Voter fraud indeed happens, just in small numbers. </span><a href="https://votingrights.news21.com/article/election-fraud/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">News21</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an investigative project, found 10 cases of voter impersonation between 2000-2012, which works out to roughly 1 in every 15 million voters. The </span><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brennan Center for Justice</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> compiled a list in January of additional studies and court cases that found similar underwhelming figures. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">While the risk of voter fraud is low, several states have adopted voter identification laws as a way to to prevent impersonation. The National Conference of State Legislatures</span><a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> tallied 34 states</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with laws that require some form of ID at the ballot box. Seven states have strict government-issued photo ID demands. </span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">While the risk of voter fraud is low, several states have adopted voter identification laws as a way to to prevent impersonation. The National Conference of State Legislatures</span><a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> tallied 34 states</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with laws that require some form of ID at the ballot box. Seven states have strict government-issued photo ID demands. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Democrats are the fiercest critics of voter ID laws. Besides voter fraud not being a serious issue, they see these laws as <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">purposefully targeting</a> Democratic voters. The fees and time needed to get a government ID are two resources that poor, minority and other typically Democratic demographics are less likely to afford. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Democrats are the fiercest critics of voter ID laws. Besides voter fraud not being a serious issue, they see these laws as <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">purposefully targeting</a> Democratic voters. The fees and time needed to get a government ID are two resources that poor, minority and other typically Democratic demographics are less likely to afford. </span>
"As Republican politicians try to make it harder to vote, Democrats are working to expand access to the polls," reads an <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">official Democratic party statement</a> on voter ID. "As Republican politicians try to make it harder to vote, Democrats are working to expand access to the polls," reads an <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">official Democratic party statement</a> on voter ID.
  Though Democrats are largely fighting against popular will. <a href="http://news.gallup.com/poll/194741/four-five-americans-support-voter-laws-early-voting.aspx">Gallup poll found that 80 percent</a> of Americans support photo ID in order to vote. <span style="font-weight: 400;">A large number of Americans also believe that the problem exists. </span>
  <a href="http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/views-on-the-american-election-process-and-perceptions-of-voter-fraud-issue-brief.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">APNORC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a research project led by the Associated Press, polled 1,022 adults to gauge their thoughts on the integrity of federal elections. One third of participants believed that there is a “great deal” of voter fraud. While over a fourth say that there is “some fraud.”</span>
  [caption id="attachment_33107" align="aligncenter" width="620"]<a href="http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/views-on-the-american-election-process-and-perceptions-of-voter-fraud-issue-brief.aspx"><img class="wp-image-33107 size-medium" src="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wikitribune-uploads-master/2018/01/APNORC-voter-fraud-620x351.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="351" /></a> APNORC, Associated Press and the University of Chicago joint project, study public opinion behind voter fraud.[/caption]
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