Six months after the election, there’s still discussion about the extent to which voter fraud exists and whether the White House will follow through with an investigation. In the meantime, election officials across the country have been quietly doing their jobs and are wrapping up investigations from the last election while preparing for the next. The reviews to date confirm what most election officials have been publicly stating for some time – that while the amount of actual voter fraud is not zero, it’s very close, with only an infinitesimal number of cases of potential voter fraud nationwide. Several states have released the results of their inquiries. One of the most comprehensive analyses was conducted by Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) in Ohio. After comparing voter data to files from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Secretary Husted’s office found that 385 non-citizens were registered to vote, and identified 82 of these non-citizens as possibly having voted, referring those cases for further investigation to confirm whether they voted and if fraud occurred.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) also reviewed complaints about potential fraud, finding 89 cases sufficient to warrant further investigation by authorities. Of these cases, 56 allege double voting and 16 allege fraudulent voter registration. Other allegations have nothing to do with potential voter fraud, but rather wrongdoing by candidates, petition circulators and others who work in elections.
Another good example is Tennessee, where Secretary of State Tre Hargett (R) has supervised the effort. His office found a total of 42 instances of possible voter fraud meriting further investigation in all of 2016, including 18 instances of felons voting, 9 instances of double voting, and 1 instance of a non-citizen voting.