Back When the Bush Administration Investigated Voter Fraud

The Trump administration is not the first to investigate the question of voter fraud.  The Bush administration did so as well and a little over ten years ago it reported findings:

Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.

Although Republican activists have repeatedly said fraud is so widespread that it has corrupted the political process and, possibly, cost the party election victories, about 120 people have been charged and 86 convicted as of last year.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I am shocked, shocked I tell you….

    Dog damn I am tired of repeating that phrase.

  2. Franklin says:

    Well, to be fair, the next sentence mentions that most of them were Democratic voters. So, yeah, they did change the outcome of federal elections by almost 0.0001% according to my calculations.

    Not to mention, Bush was never very good at finding things anyway, amirite? Where are those WMDs, anyway?

  3. @Franklin: True, and it then goes on to say that in most cases it was from misunderstanding the rules.

    Really, if they were all Democrats or all Republicans, given the utterly insignificant numbers we are talking about here.

  4. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: You might try switching to “Imagine that…hmm…”