What is 'ballot-stuffing'?

Ballot stuffing or ballot box stuffing is a form of electoral fraud in which a greater number of ballots are cast than the number of people who legitimately voted. The term refers generally to the act of casting illegal votes or submitting more than one ballot per voter when only one ballot per voter is permitted. There is debate surrounding the extent to which this and other forms of voter fraud occur. John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky—with The Heritage Foundation, which describes itself as a conservative think tank—wrote that "the media aren’t doing our democracy any favors by summarily dismissing the existence of voter fraud – like the almost 1,200 proven cases in the Heritage Foundation’s election fraud database – while questioning the very need for accurate voter rolls." According to the Brennan Center for Justice, a law and policy institute which describes itself as progressive, "The consensus from credible research and investigation is that the rate of illegal voting is extremely rare, and the incidence of certain types of fraud – such as impersonating another voter – is virtually nonexistent."

It means one person submitted multiple votes, influencing the result of an election.

In the 2018 Russian election, instances of ballot-stuffing were caught on camera as officials allegedly sought to rig the vote in favor of Vladimir Putin. 

Sidney Powell has now claimed that software from rogue machines in the 2020 US election has allowed Joe Biden voters to register multiple votes in a bid to stop Donald Trump.

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