A five-state study of the 2016 election has confirmed what previous research and election officials have said for years: There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and what tiny amount may occur is not enough to sway the outcome of any race.
This news likely won't prompt President Donald Trump to dismantle his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which he created after claiming that "millions of people" voted illegally in last year's election. But the results are dramatic.
In Oregon, about 2 million people voted. The number who may have voted illegally: 54. That's 0.002 percent — if all 54 turn out to be actually fraudulent.
Oregon joined Washington, Colorado, Delaware and Maryland in the study.
In most of the cases, the same person appeared to have voted in more than one state. Of the 54 cases in Oregon, 46 appeared to have voted in Oregon and in another state, six ballots were submitted under the names of people listed as dead, and two apparently voted twice within the state. Hardly the rampant fraud alleged by the president and others.
And none, apparently, were cases of non-citizens casting ballots — another favorite allegation of those who demand restrictive voter identification measures to combat "fraud."
Results in the other states were similar.
The findings should cast doubt on the value of Trump's commission conducting a fruitless search for virtually nonexistent voter fraud, but we're not holding our breath. The commission will undoubtedly proceed anyway, wasting time and money.