The Federalist Society's Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group's
2006 Election Law Series

Voting Fraud



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Voting Fraud 9-13-2006 - MP3

Increasing the Security of Elections: The Effect of Identification Requirements
on Turnout of Minority Voters by Hans A. von Spakovsky

The U.S. has a long history of voter fraud, and it continues to occur in different areas of the country. Given the increasing importance and breadth of government, the stakes of elections are increasing, and so too, are the incentives for voter fraud. But just how extensive is the problem? And how is the problem best addressed? Various changes in registration and voting procedures can certainly be implemented that will make it harder to engage in voter fraud. But will these improvements make it more difficult for eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots? Is this truly a "zero sum game," such that any change that decreases voter fraud necessarily makes it more difficult to register or vote?

Panelists Included:

  • Mr. Ray Martinez III, Former Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • Mr. Hans A. von Spakovsky, Commissioner, Federal Election Commission
  • Mr. Erik Jaffe, Law Offices of Erik S. Jaffe, Moderator

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