Ballot box stuffing
or ballot stuffing
is a form of electoral fraud. Generally, the terms refer to the act of casting illegal votes or submitting more than one ballot
per voter when only one ballot per voter is permitted.
Ballot stuffing can take several forms, such as physically placing multiple ballots into a ballot box or casting a vote at multiple voting booths or locations.
Other forms of ballot stuffing include telegraphing and padding. Telegraphing occurs when a person casts votes on behalf of persons who are not present at the voting polls. Padding occurs when votes are cast by persons who died prior to Election Day or by fictitious characters.
The use of voting machines has helped to reduce this illegal practice.