Truth and Myth About Voter Fraud

According to the U.S. Constitution, voting is a right and a privilege. As we continue to campaign during this Presidential election cycle, I want to reassure you about voting by mail or drop box as I have done for many years now and have done again this year. There are myths being circulated that by voting by mail or drop box, your vote will not be counted.

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Please allow me to alleviate any concern you may have as we continue to campaign during this election cycle:

According to the U.S. Constitution, voting is a right and a privilege. As we continue to campaign during this Presidential election cycle, I want to reassure you about voting by mail or drop box as I have done for many years now and have done again this year. There are myths being circulated that by voting by mail or drop box, your vote will not be counted.

Please allow me to alleviate any concern you may have as we continue to campaign during this election cycle:

  • According to FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, “We have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise.” Dated September 24, 2020.
  • The rate of voting fraud overall in the United States is between 0.00004% and 0.0009%, according to a 2017 study by the Brennan Center for Justice.
  • A Washington Post review of the 2016 election found one proven case of postal voting fraud.
  • And a voter fraud databased collated by Arizona State University between 2002 and 2012, found 491 cases of postal ballot fraud out of hundreds of millions of votes.

So how, through the test of time, do we keep voter fraud at a minimum as found in the above studies? There are provisions in place to prevent people from impersonating voters or stealing ballots – such as authorities checking that ballots have come from voters’ registered address and requiring signatures on envelope. New Jersey, and most states, do specifically compare signatures on the ballot with one on file and every state has steps in place to verify postal votes. Other states measures include witness or notarized signatures. And this is only a bare outline of the steps in place to protect your vote.

Here in New Jersey, you can actually track your ballot at https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml. And we encourage you to do so to watch as your vote makes history by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House!