How many Americans will commit vote fraud to get their candidate elected?

11:13 21.04.2024 •

Survey warns of '45 million fraudulent ballots' in high-stakes 2024 election. Research this week questions whether we can rest assured that the results on November 5 can be trusted, writes ‘The Daily Mail’.

A survey by the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, found that nearly a third of voters would cheat to get their preferred candidate over the line.

Their survey of 1,467 voters took an unusual approach.

They presented respondents with various types of dodgy voting, and asked them if they would consider bending the rules themselves.

They were asked if they might vote in multiple states, destroy or alter mail-in ballots of friends or family, or pay a fellow voter a few bucks to tick a box.

They were also asked if they'd give another voter false information about where, when and how to cast their ballot.

Only a small proportion of voters said they would consider cheating in each scenario.

But, added together, they found that more than a fourth of voters would consider some type of fraud.

'Overall, 28 percent of all respondents stated that they would resort to at least one form of election fraud if it helped propel their preferred candidate in office,' said researcher Jack McPherrin.

'Doing the math, that means that — if voter turnout remains similar to 2020 — nearly 45 million ballots may be fraudulently cast if they are not prevented.'

Dodgy voting could be higher than in the past because 2024 is such a high-stakes election, researchers said.

Fully 27 percent of Biden supporters said they'd consider ballot trickery, compared to 29 percent of Trump backers.

Men were slightly more likely to say they'd cheat than women.

Black and Hispanic voters said they would commit vote fraud at higher rates than did whites.

But the most cheating-prone group is young people, the survey revealed.

Fully 52 percent of adults aged 18-39 would bend the rules to get their preferred candidate over the line.

That's much higher than the 15 percent of those aged 65 and above who would cheat.

The survey comes 29 weeks before an election in which election integrity is frequently cited as a concern.


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