Why Rigging an Election is Nearly Impossible

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Early voters stand by campaign signage as they wait in line at a voting location, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Dallas.

Wendy Weiser, director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, and Adam Gitlin, counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, explain why voter fraud in the U.S. is nearly impossible. Weiser was interviewed for a recent Washington Post article, “Can you rig a U.S. Presidential election?” A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 46% of registered voters believe that “electoral fraud happens at least somewhat often.” Weiser and Gitlin tell us why this is not the case, and why stealing an election in this country isn’t easy, given how voting works.