Election officials in 49 states, including the swing states that were crucial to the victory of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, have all publicly stated that they have seen no signs of widespread electoral fraud. Their statements contradict the claims of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
Months before the election, Trump claimed that he would only lose if there was widespread electoral fraud or manipulation. Trump then lost the election, winning more than 5 million popular votes and 73 electoral votes.
Biden won decisively based on 273,000 popular votes and 79 votes in six swing states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Election officials and state secretaries from these and 43 other states told the New York Times that they neither suspect nor have evidence of widespread election fraud. The only state that did not respond was Texas, where Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick offered citizens $1 million for any evidence of election fraud.
Gabriel Sterling, head of election administration in the office of Georgia’s Secretary of State, denied any allegations of fraud to The Times. Jake Rollow, spokesman for Michigan Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, told The Times: “We have seen no evidence of fraud or foul play in the actual administration of the election.
Jacklin Rhoads, spokeswoman for the Democratic Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro, said: “No active court case has even alleged that widespread problems exist, and no evidence presented to date has highlighted these problems.
Washington Newsday asked the Trump campaign for comment.
Nevertheless, the Trump re-election campaign has filed lawsuits in several states alleging that thousands of votes were fraudulently included in the final vote count and should be discarded. The lawsuits are seeking a resolution before each state confirms its December election results. Trump and other Republicans have stated that Trump will have won if only legal votes are counted.
On Tuesday night, Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), told FOX News commentator Sean Hannity that she had 234 pages of 500 affidavits claiming 11,000 incidents of various types of election fraud.
Early Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump had won a second term as president, although he had no evidence to support his claim. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, called Pompeo “delusional”.
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr allowed federal prosecutors to investigate any allegations of election fraud. The leaders of the Democratic Congress parties criticized his decision as unfounded and corrupt.
Former Republican leaders such as former President George W. Bush, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former Congressman Rick Santorum all congratulated President-elect Biden on his victory over Trump.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan said, “I think most people realize that this election is over,” adding that it is time for the country to “move on.