Study Puts Numbers to the Voter Photo ID Controversy

Aug 14, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study released this week suggests voter fraud is almost non-existent in Tennessee and across the country.

The study was conducted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation.

The study shows that only 14 cases of voter fraud have been alleged in Tennessee in the past 12 years. To date, only five cases have led to convictions.

While there are more than 147 million registered voters nationwide, just 2068 cases of election fraud have been alleged since 2000.

According to the study’s authors, ten states have recently passed measures requiring residents to present ID at the polls, including Tennessee.

Voter fraud is invariably cited by the supporters of stricter voting regulations. Opponents suggest the new laws are attempts at voter suppression.