Ballot stuffing as electoral fraud

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Ballot stuffing has long been one of the ways dirty candidates and their people try to commit electoral fraud. In the simplest form it’s literally stuffing the ballot box with votes, although this doesn’t work in any sort of advanced country since a ballot box doesn’t really exist anymore. There was a time when it was hugely popular and all sorts of shady people under the employ of a candidate would make an attempt. Nowadays efforts at ballot stuffing are a little more sophisticated.

Using absentee ballots has become far more popular. In 1993 William G. Stinson of Pennsylvania was elected to the senate. The Democrat gave his speech and prepared to take his seat but something wasn’t right. A suit was filed against him and it was alleged that he committed voter fraud. As it turns out, he did. The federal judge on the case ruled that he had stuffed the ballot box and he was ejected from his seat and replaced by Bruce Marks. He used absentee ballots to stuff the box, sending in votes from dead people, mostly. You’d think that a politician wouldn’t have the stones to do something so brazen in the modern world where it seems easy to discover these frauds but he went for it full on.

Ballot stuffing can also occur when someone casts a vote for a person that didn’t show up at the polls. Typically they have some way of knowing that the person it’s coming and then they cast a vote in their place. Fictional characters have cast ballots in the past. Ballot stuffing can be prevented by impeccable record keeping. When a voter dies they should be removed from the electoral roll so their ballot won’t be counted. All ballots should be checked against possible voters. It’s typically not an issue if good records are kept.


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