(WICHITA, Kan.) — A new study finds in-person voter fraud is virtually nonexistent in the United States.
News21, a non-partisan project funded by the Carnegie and Knight foundations, conducted the study.
Researchers looked at the 2,068 reported cases of voter fraud since 2000 out of more than 600 million votes cast. The study found, "while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent."
Kansas is among the states to have enacted voter ID laws since 2008. Republican lawmakers in Topeka and elsewhere argue requiring people to show ID when registering and when voting is necessary to ensure the integrity of the election system.
Democrats and many civil rights groups disagree. They argue the voter ID laws are a veiled attempt to supress the vote. Opponent argue the laws unfairly target minorities, the elderly and college students.