Voter fraud less common than UFO sightings

According to this Craigsconnect infographic, between 2000 and 2007 there were:

  • 32,299 reports of UFO sightings
  • 352 deaths caused by lightning
  • 9 instances of possible voter fraud

And yet:

  • 34 states introduced legislation requiring voters to show a photo ID before being allowed to vote
  • 15 states introduced legislation requiring proof of citizenship (like a birth certificate) before being allowed to register to vote

Perhaps a bit of an overreaction, if these statistics are valid.

As I’ve written before, however, there is only weak empirical evidence that these laws lead to lower levels of turnout. Those who these laws implicitly target (minorities, low-income, etc.) are statistically less likely to vote even in the absence of restrictive voting laws.

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