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No One Knows Full Extent of Election Fraud. That’s Why We Track It.

In “Thanks to Kobach, Trump and conservative think tank, we know extent of voter fraud,” Kansas City Star columnist Charles Hammer on May 20 wrote that The Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database has 1,322 proven instances of election fraud, including 17 cases from Missouri.

That, he said, is “measly” compared with the number of registered voters.

While we appreciate his drawing the public’s attention to our database (now up to 1,328 cases), Hammer left out some vital information.

Significantly, he omitted the fact that, as prominently stated in its introduction, the database presents a “sampling” of election fraud cases and “is intended to highlight cases of proven fraud and the many ways in which fraud has been committed.”

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The introduction continues:

It does not capture all cases and certainly does not capture reported instances or allegations of election fraud, some of which may be meritorious, some not, that are not investigated or prosecuted.

Because of vulnerabilities that exist in state’s election laws, election fraud is relatively easy to commit and difficult to detect after the fact.

Moreover, some public officials appear to be unconcerned with election fraud and fail to pursue cases that are reported to them. It is a general truism that you don’t find what you don’t look for.

We doubt that the voters in the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina, where the 2018 election was overturned due to election fraud, or the voters in Paterson, New Jersey, whose City Council race was overturned due to fraud in 2020, share Hammer’s cavalier attitude toward the problems that unfortunately exist in our election system. Both cases are in our database.