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The Myth of Voter Fraud Hardcover – June 10, 2010

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"Minnite argues persuasively that instances of people fraudulently voting in the US are rare. She makes a compelling case that the vast majority of non-legitimate registrations are innocent errors, that only a small number of individuals illegitimately registered actually cast ballots, and that only an even smaller number of these illegitimate ballots are counted. Using game theory, she suggests that her findings should not be surprising as the high potential costs of illegal voting would not justify the problematic gains. She then demonstrates that, although voter fraud is insignificant, the myth of voter fraud is important as a means to justify cumbersome administrative practices designed to depress turnout. . . . She writes engagingly and with a sense of humor. An important book."—Choice

"This insightful and contemporary book focuses on a seemingly straightforward question: Is election fraud a problem in the United States? The answer, revealed in the title, is that it is not, but this conclusion is only drawn after a well-researched evaluation of the recent accusations of voter fraud. Minnite meticulously presents high-profile and widely cited cases of voter fraud, some of which continue to be widely referenced by politicians and in the news media, and shows that few cases of voter fraud have been supported with evidence. Overall, Minnite makes the case that intentional voter fraud rarely occurs in the U.S. context. Minnite provides a thorough and serious treatment of election fraud in the United States. The book is a much-needed contribution to the literature on election fraud, and will be an important resource for anyone interested in voter fraud. It also raises several debates that may be worth exploring in future research, and that relate to the degree to which the book's central arguments can be applied outside of the current U.S. context.

This book is an excellent and timely contribution to the study of election fraud, and should be read by political scientists, those interested in election administration, and policymakers at the state and federal levels. The biggest strength of Minnite's book is that it persuasively argues that simplifying the electoral process in the United States should be a high priority, and is one that will significantly improve the integrity of the electoral process. I agree, and I hope that future debates consider not only what is politically feasible or what will provide short-term political gain, but what is best for the quality of U.S. elections and voter confidence in the electoral process."—Election Law Journal

"This book is a must-read for anyone concerned with voter fraud in twenty-first-century America. Lorraine C. Minnite defines voter fraud so as to allow the careful, systematic investigation of the subject she reports in this volume. I highly recommend it."—Chandler Davidson, editor, Minority Vote Dilution

"This is the first systematic—and convincing—answer to the decade-long campaign by Republican ideologues, the Wall St. Journal, and, for a time, the U.S. Department of Justice, to create what Lorraine C. Minnite rightly calls 'the myth of voter fraud.' This myth feeds the ongoing partisan efforts in states throughout the country to adopt 'voter identification' laws, which have the effect of disproportionately disfranchising minorities and the aged. Minnite's gracefully written book, brimming with fascinating stories and trenchant analysis, provides a clear-eyed, factual background for this major public policy debate. If you want to go beyond slogans and fantasies on vote fraud, this is the place to start."—J. Morgan Kousser, author of Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801448484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801448485
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Been There on April 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Reasonable members of any political party do not want voter fraud.
The use of a search engine brings forward many ACCUSATIONS of voter fraud, but trivial evidence, and when investigated, these often turn out to be misunderstandings about the law, paperwork errors, ex-felons voting erroneously, etc.
There have been several Republican investigations in an effort to prove the validity of the need for Voter ID, and they have been fruitless. If they had found any evidence of the "widespread voter fraud" that they contend exists, we would all know about it.

As Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Dale Schultz stated, ““It’s all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.” He also said, “It’s just sad when a political party has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. We should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.”
And that's from a Wisconsin state Republican insider.

Steve Schmidt, former senior campaign strategist for McCain/Palin, said, “I think that all of this stuff that has transpired over the last two years is in search of a solution to a problem, voting fraud, that doesn’t really exist when you look deeply at the question. It’s part of the mythology now in the Republican Party that there’s widespread voter fraud across the country. In fact, there’s not.”

If you want to know if this book is worth reading, look at the Editorial Review above by the Election Law Journal which states in part, "This book is an excellent and timely contribution to the study of election fraud."
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Delauro on February 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The use of a search engine brings forward many instances of voter fraud, tallying large numbers in the end. Ρřoject Ṽeritas is a good starting point, but anyone wanting to know the truth should not stop there. Instances can be found on both sides of the political fence.

Keep this in mind, every time we look the other way for ANY election manipulation a good citizen's vote is effectively cancelled. Not responsible at all.
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