The 2020 Presidential Election:
Was it fair or stolen?
Only 57% of Americans believe the 2020 general election, held on November 3, 2020, was legitimate and accurate (89% of Democrats and 27% of Republicans). Meanwhile, 60% of Republicans and 13% of Democrats still say the election was stolen from Donald Trump. 1
Because voting and the belief in our election system is so important to our democracy, we decided to see what we could find that many would consider objective facts and data about the fairness or unfairness of the 2020 election.
So far, we have come up with the six categories listed below, based in claimed facts and data, seeking to answer the question: Was the 2020 general election fair or stolen, and said another way, was it an election that Donald Trump would have won if not for rampant fraud?
Category 1 – Voter Fraud Convictions: Voter fraud convictions that could have affected the outcome of the 2016, 2018, and 2020 elections. (Work in progress – Rae, AH; As of 6/8/2021, Voter Fraud chart 75% complete, still researching and adding new Voter Fraud convictions as they appear)
Category 2 – Voting-related Litigation: At least 130 voting-related lawsuits were filed by Trump and/or supporters following the election in 14 different states and the District of Columbia, with 107 of the 130 lawsuits filed in the so-called battleground states of Alaska, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
We think this information is relevant because the cases were decided by a variety of judges across the political spectrum who were either voted into office by the public or appointed by a mix of Democrats and Republicans (some even by Trump himself). (Work in progress – Rae, AH; As of 5/24/2021, Election-related lawsuits 50% complete, waiting for final research and review from Rae)
Category 3 – Voting Machine Controversies: Donald Trump and his supporters have claimed (directly and indirectly) that some voting machine manufacturers changed or tried to influence the vote in the 2020 election in favor of Joe Biden. Given the importance of such accusations, we added this issue as a component of our examination of the 2020 election.
(A) 46 Donald Trump quotes about voting machine fraud and “glitches” in the 2020 election (even though we are not aware of any voting machine companies filing lawsuits against Donald Trump as of 5/24/2021). (Work in progress – TD; As of 6/8/2021, estimated 99% complete)
(B) The five defamation lawsuits filed by two voting machine companies, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, against some who publicly accused those voting machine companies of committing fraud in the 2020 election. (Work in progress – TD; As of 6/8/2021, estimated 95% complete, pending updates in the legal process and any editor’s comments)
Category 4 – Trump’s 805 Claims about Elections Being Rigged or Stolen: Donald Trump has been sowing doubts about the legitimacy of US elections since at least 2012, raising questions about how much his statements contribute to the belief of 67% of Republicans that Joe Biden was not the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election. 2
This section contains a catalog of statements from Donald Trump claiming that US elections were rigged or stolen from October 2012 to present. (Work in progress – TD; As of 6/8/2021, estimated 90% complete)
Category 5 – Congressional Statements Against/Questioning the 2020 Election: We have found no proof of a correlation between elected officials speaking out against the 2020 election and the pervasive Republican voters’ lack of faith in the election. However, it may be instructive to review all comments from US Senators and Representatives that questioned the legitimacy of the election.
(A) Statements from 34 US senators that are either direct claims of voting and/or election fraud or malfeasance, or seemingly innocuous claims that could subtly undermine confidence in the election. (Work in progress – TD; As of 6/8/2021, estimated 95% complete)
(B) Statements from members of the House of Representatives that are either direct claims of voting and/or election fraud or malfeasance, or seemingly innocuous claims that could subtly undermine confidence in the election. (Work in progress – TD; As of 6/8/2021, estimated 1% complete)
Category 6 – 47 Republicans in Congress Who Acknowledged the Outcome of the 2020 Election: A catalog of statements from 47 Republicans (out of 249 in office at the time of the election) who acknowledged Joe Biden as president-elect prior to the certification of the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021. (Work in progress – TD; As of 6/8/2021, estimated 95% complete)
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1. Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Trump’s Coattails (April 5, 2021)
2. CBS News/YouGov Poll (May 12-14, 2021)