The numbers aren’t there. Those who are convinced that widespread voter fraud is affecting the outcome of elections — including the unsubstantiated claim by President Trump that between 3 million and 5 million people voted illegally in last year’s presidential election, costing him the popular vote — will frequently point to anecdotes and hearsay to support their claims. But they can’t come up with the verified statistics to back those allegations. Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the Republican who won her second term in November, announced Friday the results of a five-state review of the 2016 General Election that checked for instances of potential voter fraud, including people who voted in this state and another, those who voted twice in Washington state and those who voted using the registration of a deceased individual.
Of the more than 3.36 million votes cast in Washington state, the Secretary of State’s office found 74 cases of potential voter fraud. That information now is being turned over to the prosecutor’s offices in individual counties for further investigation and possible charges, which includes eight cases in Snohomish County.
… The numbers were similar in the four other states participating with Washington in the review: Oregon, Colorado, Maryland and Delaware. Oregon uncovered 54 questionable ballots among its 2 million cast. Colorado flagged 48 of its 2.9 million votes.
Wyman was blunt in her statement Friday about the figures: There is no widespread voter fraud in Washington state. She’s made similar statements in January and in July, when Wyman called the claim of rampant voter fraud “ludicrous on its face.”