Voter fraud is when someone casts a ballot they aren't qualified to submit — that could be because they have already voted, they are pretending to be someone else, or because they are not an eligible, registered voter.
Voter fraud is extremely rare, and there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States. This conclusion has been confirmed by numerous non-partisan, independent studies as well as law enforcement analysis from the FBI, government studies by Secretaries of State and legislative inquiries by Republicans and Democrats.
Any activity that has the effect of disrupting voters, or interfering with any voter's right to vote, inside or outside of the polling place, may be illegal and should be reported to the Judge of Elections at your polling place and to the County Board of Elections, which you can reach by calling the Department of State's Hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).
Anyone who tries to prevent someone from voting, or to force them to vote a certain way, has committed voter intimidation. This means everything from purposefully spreading misleading information or making voters overly uncomfortable, to suggesting violence, using physical force, making threats, coercion, bribes, and more.
Someone interferes with the polls when they do anything to prevent poll workers from properly running the election — from removing or defacing official materials at a polling place to intimidation or physical violence against an election official.
We count on citizens to make reports, but please allow officials, such as the Judge of Elections at your polling place, to resolve any issues.
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