Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.

‘Election integrity’ proposals do not address most common voting infraction in Wisconsin

  • Updated

Black people are disproportionately charged with election-related crimes. The disparity is even more pronounced than in the wider criminal justice system. (Amena Saleh/Wisconsin Watch)

Election fraud is exceptionally rare: Over the past decade in Wisconsin, it has been prosecuted fewer than 200 times, or about once for every 163,000 ballots cast.

And within that tiny universe, the most common reason for criminal charges is not people voting under dead people’s names, double voting or voter impersonation — the kinds of crimes election skeptics like former President Donald Trump claim happen on a large scale. The main cause is a voter’s probation status, a Wisconsin Watch analysis of every Wisconsin election fraud case since 2012 found.