Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1099056
 
 

Citations (2)



 
 

Footnotes (55)



 


 



Vote Fraud in the Eye of the Beholder: The Role of Public Opinion in the Challenge to Voter Identification Requirements


Stephen Ansolabehere


Harvard University - Department of Government

Nathaniel Persily


Columbia Law School

February 21, 2008

Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 08-170

Abstract:     
In the current debate over the constitutionality of voter identification laws, both the Supreme Court and defenders of such laws have justified them, in part, as counteracting a widespread fear of voter fraud that leads citizens to disengage from the democracy. Because actual evidence of voter impersonation fraud is rare and difficult to come by if fraud is successful, reliance on public opinion as to the prevalence of fraud threatens to allow courts to evade the difficult task of balancing the actual constitutional risks involved. In this short Article we employ a unique survey to evaluate the causes and effects of public opinion regarding voter fraud. We find that perceptions of fraud have no relationship to an individual's likelihood of turning out to vote. We also find that voters who were subject to stricter identification requirements believe fraud is just as widespread as do voters subject to less restrictive identification requirements.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

working papers series


Download This Paper

Date posted: February 27, 2008 ; Last revised: April 10, 2008

Suggested Citation

Ansolabehere, Stephen and Persily, Nathaniel, Vote Fraud in the Eye of the Beholder: The Role of Public Opinion in the Challenge to Voter Identification Requirements (February 21, 2008). Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 08-170. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1099056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1099056

Contact Information

Stephen Ansolabehere
Harvard University - Department of Government ( email )
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Nathaniel Persily (Contact Author)
Columbia Law School ( email )
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 2,469
Downloads: 379
Download Rank: 41,416
Citations:  2
Footnotes:  55

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo1 in 0.500 seconds