The Hill Op-Ed, written by Dr. Charles Stewart III from the MIT Elections Projection and Vote at Home CEO Amber McReynolds
Widespread calls to conduct the 2020 elections by mail, to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, are being met with charges that the system inevitably would lead to massive voter fraud. This is simply not true.
Vote fraud in the United States is exceedingly rare, with mailed ballots and otherwise. Over the past 20 years, about 250 million votes have been cast by a mail ballot nationally. There have been only 204 instances that involved the fraudulent use of absentee ballots in the past 20 years. That is just one case per state every six or seven years. We are talking about an occurrence that translates to about 0.00006 percent of total votes cast.
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