[Voter fraud allegations provide] a pretext for one side to try and disqualify the other sides' voters, to cast doubts on the legitimacy of their opponents' victory should they actually lose, and justify more restrictive voting laws that are more likely to negatively affect Democratic leaning constituencies. That's why despite the ongoing non-existence of voter fraud, Republicans continue to pretend it's a problem. It's a lucrative and ideologically useful myth. It also distracts from very real ongoing structural problems with our voting system problems that get overlooked because of the disproportionate focus on sensational accusations of voter fraud.
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