The US 2020 General Election:
Was it fair or stolen?
Only 57% of Americans believe the 2020 general election, held on November 3, 2020, was legitimate and accurate. Meanwhile, 60% of Republicans still say the election was stolen from Donald Trump. 1 Many people believe that if the election had been free and fair, Donald Trump would have won a second term as president.
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 free and fair, or was it an election that Donald Trump would have won if not for rampant fraud?
- Convictions: Voter fraud convictions that could have affected the outcome of the 2016, 2018, and 2020 elections. (Work in progress)
- 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)
- Litigation: The litigation involving the two companies that manufactured the voting machines, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. (Coming soon) [Note: we have also compiled a chart of 46 Donald Trump quotes about voting machine fraud and glitches in the 2020 election.]
- Public Statements: A catalog of statements from Donald Trump claiming the election was rigged or stolen. (Work in progress)
- Public Statements: A catalog of statements from US Senators and Members of the House of Representatives that are either (1) direct claims of voting and/or election fraud or malfeasance; or (2) unspecific statements that subtly cast doubt in or undermine the legitimacy of the election. (Work in progress)
- Public Statements: A catalog of statements from Republicans who say the election was free and fair. (Coming soon)
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1. Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Trump’s Coattails (04/05/2021)