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election integrity

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The debate on election integrity usually centers upon two competing views. First, the conservative view, makes the claim that combating voter fraud is the most important aspect of preserving election integrity. Conservatives argue that voter fraud is rampant and has a meaningful impact on the outcomes of elections. In order to provide free and secure elections, states need to enact more stringent voting laws. The argument hinges on a correlation between relaxed voting laws and more instances of voter fraud.

The second view, held by liberals, is that the conservative argument actually fosters voter suppression, which is more damaging to election integrity, instead of secure elections. Liberals argue that laws need to be relaxed in order to foster more voter turnout, especially among minorities. The argument correlates more stringent voting laws with less voter turnout.

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An Analysis of the Relationship between Voting Law Stringency and Voter Fraud

The debate on election integrity usually centers upon two competing views. First, the conservative view, makes the claim that combating voter fraud is the most important aspect of preserving election integrity. Conservatives argue that voter fraud is rampant and has a meaningful impact on the outcomes of elections. In order to provide free and secure elections, states need to enact more stringent voting laws. The argument hinges on a correlation between relaxed voting laws and more instances of voter fraud.

The second view, held by liberals, is that the conservative argument actually fosters voter suppression, which is more damaging to election integrity, instead of secure elections. Liberals argue that laws need to be relaxed in order to foster more voter turnout, especially among minorities. The argument correlates more stringent voting laws with less voter turnout.