Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Voter fraud — fact or fiction?
So, have you heard the latest? Billionaire George Soros, a huge Hillary Clinton supporter, owns voting machines in 16 states. It’s all over the internet.
Word is that Soros owns Smartmatic voting machines, providing proof that this presidential election is rigged and that voter fraud is real.
The threat of voter fraud looms large over this election, but here’s your reality check — voter fraud is not a thing. Fears are easy to fan because there is no national voter fraud database.
The Associated Press cites the most comprehensive study to date that found out of 1 billion votes cast in American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.
So, can you find isolated examples of voter fraud? Certainly. Enough to determine the outcome of a national election? Hardly.
On that, lawyers on both the left and right are in agreement.
But the voter fraud misinformation campaign has been so pervasive that only 38 percent of Donald Trump supporters are very confident their vote will be accurately counted this election. Many of them want to believe stories like the Soros voting machine rumor.
But here’s the problem — the Soros story, that’s not a thing either. George Soros doesn’t own Smartmatic, nor will a single Smartmatic voting machine be used in this year’s election.
Not in any state. Not one.
Still, more than 100,000 people have signed a White House petition urging Congress to meet in an emergency session to stop Soros-owned machines from being used in 16 states.
In less than a week this long national nightmare of an election will be over and either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president. If your candidate loses, it will not be because of rigged voting machines or dead people casting ballots.
It will be because Democracy is still a thing.
Voter fraud? Not so much.
John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.
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