That is, people are voting in their dogs' names. As in: 'Prank Lands Voter in the Doghouse,' 'Woman Registers Her Dog to Vote; Prosecutors Growl."
The truth: Brennan turned up only nine specific reports of dogs found on the voter rolls. In six of the nine, the dogs were put on the rolls by people trying to make a point -- that's it's possible to place a dog on the voter rolls. "Which is to say, if people no longer registered dogs to show that dogs are on the rolls, dogs would no longer be on the rolls." No wonder this kind of fraud rarely happens: To get a dog on the rolls, you need to risk up to 30 years imprisonment on federal charges alone. All for one vote!
Typical case: There is no typical case. Brennan found only two cases – ever – of ballots being submittted in the name of a dog: a ballot cast by "Duncan MacDonald" in 2006 and 2007 (but labeled "VOID" and signed with a paw print), and another cast by "Raku Bowman" in 2003 in a local election in Venice, California.