Voter fraud has been with us since the early days of the republic. It supported a century’s worth of political machines. It’s still with us, although it's harder to do and there's less of it. But it's still an excuse for voter suppression.
Stories of voter fraud, machine politics, and other forms of political skullduggery have been a prominent feature of the American story since the country’s founding. When I was much younger, I did some low-level work investigating suspected fraud. Thinking about that has helped me see how things have changed.