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Axar.az presents an article " Just the facts " by John Samuel Tieman.
I have three degrees in history. I distinguish between legend and fact. Normally, historians like to wait fifty or so years before tackling a subject. However, interpretations about the 2020 presidential election are already divided along those avenues, the facts and the legends. Especially for my readers overseas, I think it well to simply list four facts that we indisputably know about that 2020 presidential election. As the old TV show, “Dragnet”, used to say, “Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts.”
** Simply stated, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election. It was not a close race. The Biden/Harris ticket won by over 7,000,000 popular votes. They won the Electoral College by 306 votes to 232 votes. In 2016, when Trump won the Electoral College by about the same margin, 304 electoral votes to 227, he called it “a landslide”.
** Professionals regard the 2020 election as the safest election in the history of our republic. Part of what makes that remarkable is that the election was held in the middle of the Covid pandemic. Rather than being pilloried by Trump and his followers, election workers should be given medals.
Trump's own Attorney General, Bill Barr, after directing the F. B. I. and U. S. Attorneys to investigate “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, concluded that, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected the outcome of the election.”
The federal Cybersecurity And Infrastructure Security Agency issued a statement saying, “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history.” This statement was co-authored by preeminent election officials in all 50 states.
** There were some questions about a handful of battleground states. All of these disputes have been resolved.
Georgia has been much in the news lately. Donald Trump will soon be on trial there for his attempt to overthrow the election in that state. Biden and Harris won the state by just under 12,000 votes. There were three recounts. This result was certified by both a Republican governor and a Republican secretary of state. A 12,000 vote margin is close electorally, but it's not close administratively.
Michigan had a month-long investigation into its election results. There were accusations of widespread systemic fraud. A committee of Republican state senators concluded that Biden and Harris carried Michigan by a 2.78% margin.
In Arizona, a six-month inquiry into the voting in Maricopa County, which centers on Phoenix, was pushed by Republican state legislators. In the end, they concluded that Biden/Harris won by 306 more votes than the original count.
Barbara Cegavske, the then-Secretary Of State for Nevada, received tens of thousands of claims of voter fraud and misconduct of various sorts. The Secretary's office found almost all of these claims to be false. For example, there were thousands of allegations of double-voting, voters faking an address, ballots cast using the names of registered voters who were dead. As of this writing, 10 out of 1,506 allegations of ballots said to be cast for dead voters, and 10 out of 1,778 allegations of double-voting, remain under investigation. These 20 votes could not change the outcome of the election. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris defeated former President Donald Trump by 33,596 votes, or 2.4 percentage points, in Nevada.
In two other disputed states, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the Democrats defeated the Republicans by 0.6% and 1.2% respectively. Again, these are close electorally, but not close administratively.
** Voter fraud was insignificant. In six battleground states, the Associated Press, after an exhaustive study, found about 475 confirmed cases of voter fraud. In interviews with about 300 voting officials, the AP found that almost all of these cases were individuals acting alone. Many were voting for President Trump. But there was no systemic voter fraud. Nor were the confirmed cases enough to change the outcome of the election. While Donald Trump claimed that there were more votes counted than there were registered voters, there is no evidence of this.
2023.09.11 / 09:54