Reports January 10, 2021

Countering Lies about the 2020 Presidential Election

This guide serves as a resource for state-by-state myths and facts regarding the 2020 presidential election.
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In the months before and after the November 3, 2020 presidential election, President Trump and his supporters have sought to undermine the results of the election in the major battleground states by claiming—or, more often, merely alluding to—fraud and other election conspiracies. These falsehoods continue to fuel the beliefs that led to the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, during the Joint Session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote. The allegations are meritless. They are either (1) entirely without basis, (2) reflect a profound ignorance of state election law and procedure, and/or (3) seek to argue that the results are unreliable simply because there is no way definitively to prove a negative, that is, that there was no fraud. The allegations are also repudiated in both the court of law and the court of public opinion. For months, President Trump and his supporters have tested their theories in multiple courts of law, and they have lost every case of any consequence. When offered opportunities to present evidence, they have failed. That these claims continue to propagate amongst Trump’s most fervent supporters, including some elected officials, does not change the fact: the 2020 election was fair, secure, and accurate. Democrats and Republicans won seats up and down the ticket. President Trump lost the election. And nothing in the law or the facts can change the outcome. Nevertheless, these myths continue to evolve and make the rounds in speeches, legislative hearings, in press hits, and on social media, So, in this guide we offer a state-by-state compendium of the falsehoods that have been circulating and attendant rebuttals to help negate the deadly effects of the ongoing public conspiracy mongering.1 The lies may persevere on the fringe with election extremists, but we will continue to fight them.

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