Four months after Election Day, Republican and Democratic administrators have uncovered only a handful of instances of improper or illegal voting despite President Trump’s unfounded allegations of millions of fraudulent ballots. Trump has claimed that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally on Election Day, costing him the popular vote. But numbers from around the country suggest that a few hundred people at most broke voting rules. In some cases, legitimately registered voters cast multiple ballots, either by voting absentee and in person, or by voting more than once in different jurisdictions. In other cases, voters in states that require identification refused to show those documents. Fewer than a hundred noncitizens have been referred to law enforcement officials for alleged voting infractions.
In a letter to members of Congress, Michigan election officials identified 31 individuals who voted twice in November’s elections. Michigan Director of Elections Christopher Thomas told lawmakers that a criminal investigation is underway.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s (R) office said it was aware of just 10 improperly cast votes out of about 1.6 million cast. The Associated Press found that one of those votes was cast by a felon whose voting rights had been restored in Wisconsin but not Iowa, and another was cast by a noncitizen who turned herself in after she found she wasn’t eligible to vote.
In Cranston, R.I., police are investigating eight cases of illegal voting. Mayor Allen Fung (R) said last week that two of those cases were votes cast by noncitizens. Four others voted multiple times, and one case involved someone impersonating another registered voter.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) said last month that a review found 385 noncitizens were on the voter rolls in November. His office has referred 82 of those noncitizens to law enforcement officials after they cast ballots.