By Steven R. Maher
Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is misrepresenting a study by the Pew Charitable Trust that there were 4 million voters on American voting lists as proof that the electoral process is rigged.
Trump made the statement on October 17, 2016. “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day,” tweeted Trump. “Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naïve!”
In 2012 the Pew Trust said that there were four million dead voters on the polling lists. The Associated Press investigated the allegation and published facts that Trump’s linking the study to voter fraud was false.
“The 2012 study found that approximately 24 million – or one of every eight – voter registrations were no longer valid or significantly inaccurate,” reported the AP. “It also found that more than 1.8 million dead people were listed as voters and that approximately 2.75 million people were registered in more than one state. But the report cited no evidence that those errors had contributed to any significant voter fraud. Instead, it pointed to estimates that at least 51 million U.S. citizens are eligible but not registered to vote.”
The AP also reported that Trump misrepresented another report.
“Trump also cited a controversial 2014 op-ed in The Washington Post by a group of professors at Old Dominion University promoting their research concluding that “enough” non-citizens have voted in recent elections that their participation could plausibly change the outcome of close elections,” continued the AP report. “Among their claims: Because non-citizens tend to favor Democrats, their votes could have been responsible for President Barack Obama’s There is no evidence the latter is the case – and the article spawned so much backlash over its methods and conclusions that the authors were prompted to issue a follow-up defense.
“Most experts say voter fraud is extremely rare in the U.S., with one study by a Loyola Law School professor finding just 31 known cases of impersonation fraud out of 1 billion votes cast in U.S. elections between 2000 and 2014.”