Rasmussen Report: 20% of voters using mailed ballots admit to at least one form of election fraud


More than 20% of voters who used mail-in ballots in 2020 admit they participated in at least one form of election fraud, according to a new poll whose results were released Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute.

The telephone and online survey found that 21% of likely U.S. voters who voted by absentee or mail-in ballot in the 2020 election say they filled out a ballot, in part or in full, on behalf of a friend or family member, such as a spouse or child, while 78% say they didn’t. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Thirty percent of those surveyed said they voted by absentee or mail-in ballot in the 2020 election. Nineteen percent of those who cast mail-in votes say a friend or family member filled out their ballot, in part or in full, on their behalf. Seventeen percent of the mail-in voters reported that in the 2020 election, they cast a ballot in a state where they were no longer a permanent resident. All of these practices are illegal, the Heartland Institute noted.

According to the Associated Press, more than 43 percent of 2020 voters cast ballots by mail, the highest percentage in history.

The poll reveals that 10% of all respondents — not just those who said they voted by mail — know “a friend, family member, co-worker, or other acquaintance who has admitted … that he or she cast a mail-in ballot in 2020 in a state other than his or her state of permanent residence.”

Eight percent of all who responded said “a friend, family member, or organization, such as a political party” offered to “pay” or give them a “reward” for agreeing to vote in the 2020 election.

“The results of this survey are nothing short of stunning,” said Justin Haskins, director of the Socialism Research Center at the Heartland Institute. “For the past three years, Americans have repeatedly been told that the 2020 election was the most secure in history. But if this poll’s findings are reflective of reality, the exact opposite is true. This conclusion isn’t based on conspiracy theories or suspect evidence, but rather from the responses made directly by the voters themselves.”

A democratic republic cannot survive if election laws allow voters to commit fraud easily, Haskins said, adding “that’s exactly what occurred during the 2020 election. Although some progress has been made in more than a dozen states since the conclusion of the 2020 election, much more work is needed in most regions of the United States. If America’s election laws do not improve soon, voters and politicians will continue to question the truthfulness and fairness of all future elections.”

Read more about this poll at the Heartland Institute at this link or at Rasmussen Reports at this link.


  1. Like this is a surprise? Kim Jong Un wins with 99% (sorry, wrong dictator). His support is so overwhelming that the people don’t even have to show up to vote, it is done for them! Just like our government wants to own people from cradle to grave: Obamacare, Obamaphone, HUD housing, SNAP, the list goes on. They’ll even cast your ballot so you don’t have to bother! The is not our father’s Republic!

    • Ah yes, the time tested “I know a guy who knows a guy that committed election fraud” claim. Please. Grasping at straws. Will we hear cries of fraud when Trump wins in 2024? Doubtful.

  2. I’m not dismissing this, but I’m curious about something.

    How many did so not knowing they were doing something wrong? How well was the process explained, if at all?

    There is a difference between genuine human error by accident and deliberate manipulation.

    I’m also curious how many times these inappropriate ballots actually impacted races. If so, how much.

    Again, not downplaying the point at all, just wondering if something is lost in translation.

    • I agree MA,

      How many of those who answered “yes” to those questions about filling out someone else’s ballot were helping an elderly or disabled person fill out their ballot?

      I have to admit, I am one of them. As I assisted my elderly grandmother in filling out her ballot. She struggles to hold things steady with her Parkinson’s and arthritis at 92 so she asked if I would fill in the bubbles for who she wanted to vote for. I did not change anything from what she told me to do and she double checked that I did what she wanted. She signed the outside of the envelope with an “x” and I signed as a witness. And I dropped that ballot off at the city hall drop box when I dropped of my own.

      Did I commit voter fraud? I did not think I was doing anything illegal, only helping my family do their civic duty

    • A joke when you project. A joke when your side commonly normalizes aberrant behavior. Always a joke whenever you use any means to justify your end, but a crisis when the other side objects.

      Your side ran against the last president calling that he would get us into war, screaming loudly and constantly against him, lying and using any false accusation against him, attacking his children as dishonest. But who was the first president in generations to not get us into a conflict? And where are we now? Whose precious son is a whore-mongering crackhead? Scream and project your filth on your opponents. Hopefully the masses will tire of it before the nation is destroyed.

      And for your record, I did not and do not support Trump.

      • I am a registered Republican, the Middle East conflicts began after WWI when the Haspburg empire was Balkanized, Ike then ordered the CIA to assassinate a democtratically elected President in Iran, Nixon had the CIA kill a democratically elected President in Chile, Bush II attacked Iraq on bad advice from Cheney and de-stabilized the Middle East again. Bush I added $Trillions in unwarranted tax cuts as did Trump. We suck up to Dictatorships because we are hooked on petroleum and feed Mexican Cartels with our self induced drug addictions. We subsidize unhealthy foods and then pay again with Medicaid. Our Nation is being de-stabilized by a Minority that wants to maintain it’s white privelege and Class status. We are rotting from within

  3. Even 1 is too many. If it impacts a race or not, 1 is too many. Mail in ballots are not secret ballots. You’re often voting around the kitchen table with family or friends. In front of each other. Or maybe while a ballot harvester is standing there. Secret ballots no longer exist with mail in. That’s why you use a curtained voting booth when you vote in person. You may tell your spouse or room-mates sure, I’m voting for so & so but when you go in that booth that’s where your choice is secure & unobserved and you can really vote without having to account to anyone.

  4. Voting fraud is obviously not a punishable offense in our state, especially since violations by either party are not even being prosecuted, at least in a timely matter, and have small fines. Kind of like jaywalking. Guess the lawmakers don’t consider this fundamental right very important. It’s a free for all. Thanks for attempting to vote, here’s your participation sticker.

  5. Come on – everyone knows that when Joe Biden received more votes then Barack Obama it was because he was more popular then Barack Obama.

  6. So, Alaskans have disease processes. They have several disease processes all at once being treated by teams outside of Alaska that actually Alaska reject to allow entrance into practices in Alaska licensure for petty, girlish, whimsical, petulant, political eugenic secret reasons. We intend to be well. But private disease processes don’t contract with voting regulations. One may stroke(s) at 30,000 feet in the air in a legal, as opposed to an illegal (?), vacation. Etc. LIke spiritually naive atheists love to judge as a pont of privilege others by their own atheist ego-centric whims, spiritual skills and knowledges are obliged or wont to do. what then. may we reasonably rebut the assumption that anyone can know private health realities in an acquaintance or hated cousin or siblings with unreproachable presumed accuracy even five (5) percent of the time. which is a reasonable businessman’s public policy to elevate?

  7. The State is not going to hinder election corruption.

    For the State to clean up the election process, it would have to start with cleaning up it’s laws on residency. Ahhhh… heaven forbid the Division of Elections could quit hiding behind it’s cloak of Union protectionism and actually go after the hands that never ceases feeding them, refuses to investigate them, the legislators that have grown so powerful that they openly flaunt residency requirements and have purposely watered down the requirements to make living out of district legal.

    There’s no hope of tightening “anything election” if it threatens the old dinosaurs that violate something as simple as “living in the district you represent”.

    Lyman Hoffman, Gary Stevens.. are you listening?

  8. Having moved from Anchorage to the Valley this year, I can see why all kinds of potential voting fraud can be permitted. I have received more than one request for write in ballots that has been forwarded to my new address in the Valley by the USPS. Even though my wife and I both let the election committee know of our change of address with the first ballot notice. Part of the problem is that the election committee is not using the correct “address correction” format on their mail out requests. If they used the correct format, they would immediately be notified of the public changes of address. Granted they have written on the bottom of the card to “do not forward”, but they are not paying for address correction and the cards keep coming back to me and my wife. So, unless they clean up their mail out ballot requests, the voter rolls in Anchorage will never be correctly updated and the same with any election area in the State.

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