The Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued a bipartisan report today that shows what just about every other study has shown: That voter fraud is nearly non-existent.
Voter fraud is "rare" and mostly occurs by absentee ballot, concluded a report Wednesday by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.
"Fraud is rare, but when it does occur, absentee ballots are often the method of choice," the report said, proposing expanded access to early voting as a measure to ease the sorts of long lines seen at the polls in the 2012 election.
The finding is likely to fuel an ongoing partisan debate across the country about the extent of fraud and the appropriate measures to deal with it. It is backed by other studies showing that fraud occurs but is extremely uncommon. A Justice Department study found that between 2002 and 2005, just 40 voters (out of 197 million votes cast for federal candidates) were indicted for voter fraud, and just 26 resulted in convictions or guilty pleas.
26. That's it. Yet the GOP continues to ignore reality and pushes the myth that voter fraud is rampant and that illegal voters lurk in every dark corner of polling locations just waiting to sway the elections. They use the voter fraud excuse to, of course, try and sway the election towards Republicans.