For years now, Donald Trump has alleged that “thousands” of votes cast in the 2020 election were fraudulent ballots cast in the name of dead people.
For instance, in a phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, Trump claimed “close to 5,000 people” had voted in dead people’s names.
But it turns out researchers paid by the Donald found only a tiny fraction of that.
Trump told Georgia Sec State Raffensperger in infamous call that 5k dead people voted in GA. A report commissioned by his campaign — dated a day prior to call — said # was between 12 & 23. In Nevada, his lawyers said 1506 dead voted. Report said maybe 20. https://t.co/9yu2L3zKbY
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 17, 2023
From the Washington Post:
Researchers paid by Trump’s team had “high confidence” of only nine dead voters in Fulton County, defined as ballots that may have been cast by someone else in the name of a deceased person.
They believed there was a “potential statewide exposure” of 23 such votes across the Peach State — or 4,977 fewer than the “minimum” Trump claimed.
In a separate failed bid to overturn the results in Nevada, Trump’s lawyers said in a court filing that 1,506 ballots were cast in the names of dead people and 42,284 voted twice. Trump lost the Silver State by about 33,000 votes.
The researchers paid by Trump’s team had “high confidence” that 12 ballots were cast in the names of deceased people in Clark County, Nev., and believed the “high end potential exposure” was 20 voters statewide — some 1,486 fewer than Trump’s lawyers said.
Apparently, reports such as these caused consternation among Team Trump. While some were frustrated by the findings, others (who wanted Trump to stop with the allegations of voter fraud) found validation in the reports.
The Post goes on to point out that over the past 40 years even the conservative Heritage Foundation has found less than 1,500 instances of “proven voter fraud.”
Also – It is not uncommon for a small number of voters to cast ballots early or by mail and then die before Election Day.
Read more at the Washington Post.
Poor @realDonaldTrump can’t win even when spending 600K in Nevada & Georgia to prove thousands of dead & people doubled voted! The poor LOSER!
Trump-commissioned report undercut his claims of dead and double voters – The Washington Post https://t.co/mTrkJhWmRI
— BlueVeteran (@WebberOldHippy) March 17, 2023
So, you’re saying Trump lied about the voter fraud when he already had a report that he commissioned? 🙄 I’m shocked, truly shocked.
— Julie Anne Campbell (@MiddleJulie) March 17, 2023