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Americans see voter suppression as a bigger problem than voter fraud


November 1, 2018

There are two competing theories about how American elections fail to accurately capture the sentiment of the electorate. One theory, propagated by President Trump, holds that rampant voter fraud is committed by people unable to vote, swaying elections unfairly. Another theory holds that laws enacted to combat fraud also have the effect of adding new barriers to voting that disproportionately affect demographic groups that, as it happens, tend to vote Democratic.

As it turns out, only one of those theories is supported by evidence: There are numerous examples of voter suppression, places where new restrictions on voting curtail turnout, and there is no evidence of rampant voter fraud. But since each position is embraced by one of the two major parties and because this is a polarized time, this is a disputed issue.


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