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Topics in Public Policy: Election Fraud

Are you interested in learning about corrupt practices in relation to elections? Most of us have probably heard of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which helped end voting practices that discriminate based on race, color, or membership in a language minority group, but there's much more behind election fraud. Find out more on the resources available through Dewey to assist in your research.

Election Fraud and Crimes

The U.S. Government specifies three different categories of Federal election crimes: campaign finance crimes, which involves candidates accepting donations that exceed set amounts or from sources that are not permitted; civil rights violations, which involves anything from voter intimidation to suppressing a person's right to vote; and voter fraud and voter registration fraud, when a vote is illegally cast in the name of someone who is deceased or moved to another area.

Researching the Topic

If you're researching election fraud and aren't sure what to focus on, you might want to start by reading background info on voting laws and amendments related to election laws on the page - or you can visit the Department of Justice's page for election crime. To find articles on the history of election fraud, you'll want to use the America: History and Life database. There you can search subject headings such as "elections - corrupt practices," "voter intimidation," "elections law"," and more.

Reporting Voter Fraud, Intimidation, or Suppression

If you witness or suspect voter fraud, intimidation, or suppression, report it to your state election office. You can also report voter intimidation or suppression to the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Databases and Helpful Links

Books Available at the University Libraries

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Public Policy, at (518) 442-3699 or - or drop by during Cathy's office hours, held weekly on Mondays from 4-7pm.

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