Nothing is more important to the integrity of a democracy than a fair and just election. Voter fraud can present itself in a myriad of ways and the negative effects of tampering with an election can be disastrous. Here are some of the most common examples of voter fraud:
This grievance is self-explanatory. By registering and voting in multiple locations for the same election in a different jurisdiction, voters can drastically change the outcome of an election. Obviously, this type of fraud is more concerning when done at the local level when just a few votes can make a difference in the outcome.
In this election fraud, people who are not eligible to vote purposely slip through the cracks and obtain what appears to be legal documentation. Examples of those not eligible to vote include non-U.S. citizens and convicted felons who have been stripped of their voting rights.
Tampering With The Vote Count
This activity occurs after all of the votes have been cast. Vote counts are altered to reflect different outcomes in an effort to swing the election.
Illegal Help At Polling Centers
This transgression is difficult to spot and enforce. Intimidators use tactics to sway the votes of the vulnerable such as elderly or disable voters under the guise of helping them through the voting process. Citizens who use English as a second language are particularly at risk of being intimidated at the polls. Voter intimidation is a cause for concern and many advocacy groups have been established in recent years as a response to this problem.
One of the most common voter fraud acts is to impersonate a legitimate voter or one who has died or moved away from the voting jurisdiction. This is a crime and will be prosecuted as such.
Related to voter impersonation is the act of providing inaccurate information on the voter registration. The most likely data point that is misrepresented is location.
Although not as common as some of the other fraudulent acts, using money as a bribe to convince people to vote for a particular person or issue is also a practice that is not unheard of.