Sunday Reading: Voter Fraud
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From The New Yorker's archive: a selection of pieces by Jane Mayer, Jelani Cobb, Jonathan Blitzer, Vinson Cunningham, and Jeannie Suk Gersen about voter fraud and the many myths surrounding it.
Voter fraud is exceedingly rare—but not in the headlines or in the mind of Donald Trump. In 2012, Jane Mayer published a profile in The New Yorker of Hans von Spakovsky, a Republican lawyer who would go on to serve as a member of the Trump Administration's voter-fraud commission. Spakovsky has created a cottage industry out of stoking fears about illegitimate voting. He has also been instrumental, Mayer observes, in insuring that narratives about widespread voter fraud have become part of Republican orthodoxy, despite the scarcity of documented cases. (One scholar notes that, in 2005, the government charged more Americans with violating migratory-bird statutes than with committing election fraud.) As the late congressman John Lewis put it, Spakovsky and other voter-fraud activists are "trying to create a cure where there is no sickness." The supposed cure also often amounts to efforts at…
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