The Irrelevance of Voter ID Laws

Justin Levitt, a professor at the Loyola University Law School and an expert in constitutional law, writes in the Washington Post about his research tracking allegations of voter ID fraud.

“Requirements to show ID at the polls are designed for pretty much one thing: people showing up at the polls pretending to be somebody else in order to each cast one incremental fake ballot. This is a slow, clunky way to steal an election. Which is why it rarely happens.”

“I’ve been tracking allegations of fraud for years now, including the fraud ID laws are designed to stop. In 2008, when the Supreme Court weighed in on voter ID, I looked at every single allegation put before the Court. And since then, I’ve been following reports wherever they crop up.”

“So far, I’ve found about 31 different incidents (some of which involve multiple ballots) since 2000, anywhere in the country.”

“To put this in perspective … In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period.”

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