Last week, President Trump named Heritage’s own election integrity expert, Hans von Spakovsky, to his newly formed voter fraud probe.
Initiated by an executive order earlier this summer, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was created to investigate instances of voter fraud in the 2016 general election. According to President Trump, the investigation will look into fraud amongst those who are illegal, those who are dead but still registered, and those who are registered in multiple states.
After eight years of the Obama administration’s blatant refusal to enforce federal election integrity laws, it is time not only to enforce but to gain a deeper understanding of just how widespread this fraud is.
According to a Heritage report written by von Spakovsky and John Fund:
This refusal to enforce the law came despite a 2012 study from the Pew Center on the States estimating that one out of every eight voter registrations is inaccurate, out-of-date or a duplicate. About 2.8 million people are registered in more than one state, according to the study, and 1.8 million registered voters are dead. In most places it’s easy to vote under the names of such people with little risk of detection…
Our honor system for voting doesn’t work. We don’t know how big of a problem voter fraud really is because no systematic effort has ever been made to investigate it. But the public doesn’t think it’s as insignificant as the media insists.
And as this article from The Hill notes:
When The Hill reached out to the Trump transition team in November to ask for information backing up Trump’s claim that he would have “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” a transition official sent The Hill a document that cited von Spakovsky’s research among others.
The appointment of von Spakovsky is a testament to the extensive work he has done throughout his career, specializing in voting and election issues including campaign finance reform, voter fraud, and election administration. A former Commissioner at the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice official, von Spakovsky currently runs the Election Law Reform Initiative at Heritage.
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Read more of von Spakovsky’s work on The Heritage Foundation website.
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