An investigation by the Associated Press into instances of election fraud in a selection of key states has concluded — as so many others have as well at this point — that there was no fraud anywhere near the level that would have been required to shift last year’s presidential election outcome. That, of course, is in stark contrast to claims from former President Trump, who continues to insist that the election was somehow rigged for Biden. As the Associated Press put it, though, their “review of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battleground states disputed by… Trump has found fewer than 475 — a number that would have made no difference in the 2020 presidential election.”
Those states are Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Biden won each of these states — and local officials there have faced frequent pressure to somehow change the election outcome to conform to Trump’s wishes. In Georgia, Trump infamously directly spoke with state officials, demanding action. In a slew of states, Trump’s lackeys showed up at melodramatic, public hearings to push nonsensical claims — but the voter fraud cases found by the Associated Press “could not throw the outcome into question even if all those votes were for Biden, which they were not, and even if those ballots were actually counted, which in most cases they were not,” as the outlet pointedly explained.
There is an important — and imperative, really — difference between the election-related fraud that actually does exist and the substance of Trump’s claims. While it’s true that individual voters have been found to have committed fraud — sometimes accidentally, no legitimate evidence has ever emerged of the kind of systematic fraud that would have been required for the election-rigging that Trump claims took place. The Associated Press’s “review also showed no collusion intended to rig the voting,” they say, adding that almost “every case was based on an individual acting alone to cast additional ballots.”
Involved ballots were often never counted to begin with because election workers and officials discovered the issues and removed these votes from the tallies. In other words, the system worked. As explained by the Associated Press, their investigation involved reporters across five states getting in touch with “roughly 340 election offices for details about every instance of potential voter fraud that was identified as part of their post-election review and certification process.” In the sixth state (Wisconsin), the process also included the obtaining of records from certain state-level officials. Read more on this
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