The elections of 1960 and 2000 fill the nightmares of our two major parties with visions of voter fraud and voter suppression. Too bad they don’t think more about the elections of 1824, 1876 and 1888.
More on the 19th-century elections later; first, the modern two.
The 1960 election produced the narrative that John Kennedy beat Richard Nixon with the help of fraud in Cook County, Ill. Historians disagree on the facts, but the story adds spice to the view that Democrats want as many people as possible to vote, even if they’re currently dead.