Fact Or Faux: More Votes Than Voters?
A recent tweet made by President Donald Trump claims that there was election fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election. The tweet has over 70 thousand retweets and states that “In certain swing states, there were more votes than people who voted, and in big numbers.” The tweet further claims that poll watchers were denied from observing and that fake ballots were entered into counting. The tweet does mention any sources for the claim.
However, the claim made by Trump is false. Fact-checking site PolitiFact.com examined the claim. While the tweet does not mention which specific swing states are being referred to, we can examine the statistics of several crucial swing states to verify if the claim holds any water.
Looking at data from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin (states that have had their results challenged by Trump’s legal team) we can determine that the number of votes cast never exceeded the number of registered voters for any of the states. This invalidates the first part of the claim that there are more votes than voters.
The claim about fake ballots may also refer to votes being counted twice, such as through mail-in and in-person voting. However, this claim is also false. The National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS) tracks each state’s policies for preventing this sort of double-counting from occurring. States use various methods including cross-checking with voting databases and canceling previous ballots in the case of a voter voting twice.