A pair of investigations by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement offer additional evidence that conservative fears of widespread voter fraud are overblown. The first, which investigated a voter registration group called Florida New Majority Education Fund, determined that no arrests were justified. The second investigation, which investigated a vendor for Florida Republicans known as Strategic Allied Consulting, uncover just one individual who admitted to fraudulently filling out two voter registration forms.
Although Republican lawmakers commonly use fears about voters showing up to the polls and pretending to be someone else as a justification for laws making it harder to vote, this form of fraud is particularly unusual. A Brennan Center study of Wisconsin voters during the 2004 election uncovered just seven cases of fraud out of three million votes cast — meaning that only 0.0002 percent of votes were cast fraudulently.