President Donald Trump has called voter fraud an issue that may have swayed the outcome of the 2016 popular vote. Without proof, he claimed that millions of people voted illegally in the election. Through an executive order in May, he created a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission likely could replicate work done in Arizona since 2008. Since that year, state officials have examined hundreds of thousands of cases where someone might have voted twice in an election. After scrutinizing those cases, 30 were sent to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Twenty resulted in convictions. The path to those convictions started with the work of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, now run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
The program compares voter-roll data state to state. It has a dual purpose: to clean the voter rolls and identify people who are registered in multiple states (likely because they moved), and to find voter fraud. Kobach also is the vice chairman of Trump’s commission.
Crosscheck finds only cases of double voting; other types of voter fraud include false registrations, forgery and perjury.
But the number of other kinds of voter-fraud cases is “far less than the double-voting cases,” said Mia Garcia, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.