Courthouse News Service: Voter Fraud Extremely Rare, Conference Panel Agrees (In the News)

Courthouse News Service: Voter Fraud Extremely Rare, Conference Panel Agrees

By Matthew Renda

Professor Richard Hasen, co-editor of the Election Law Journal, Ann Ravel, a law professor and former chair of the Federal Elections Commission and Bradley Smith, a professor who also formerly chaired the FEC, discussed some of the most pressing issues regarding voter confidence, campaign finance, gerrymandering and the attempts by foreign entities to influence American elections during the conference on Tuesday…

Perhaps the biggest flashpoint of contention between Smith and his counterparts came over campaign finance disclosure.

Smith said disclosure can have a chilling effect on people who would otherwise donate to campaigns, because people are forced to reveal their political affiliations when they donate money to candidates or campaigns.

Perhaps the most salient example is Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who resigned under pressure after it was revealed he donated millions of dollars to Proposition 8 in California, which succeeded in making same-sex marriage illegal in 2008.