In one corner, President Trump and his allies claim massive fraud cost him the 2020 election.
In the other, Democrats and sympathetic media allies argue that the vote was free and fair and that the charges of fraud amount to sour-grapes conspiracy mongering.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a weekend rally in Valdosta, Ga., in advance of Georgia's U.S. Senate runoffs on Jan. 5. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
Still, in numerous instances, media fact checkers have not been diligent. They have simply run the allegations past state authorities and other officials who would have orchestrated the alleged fraud or had an interest in minimizing irregularities.
It was thus hardly surprising when the New York Times reported that it had called officials in every state and was told, as the headline said, that there was “No Evidence of Voter Fraud.” That’s the kind of statement that inspires skepticism because fraud is inevitable in any big election. The Times itself seemed to acknowledge just that in the article’s sub-headline, which said, without presenting evidence, that there were “no irregularities that affected the outcome.”
Of course, “irregularities” in a basic function of American democracy, even if they did not affect the outcome, remain a significant part of the 2020 election story as court cases and controversies continue.
Below is a running, selective collection of hyperlinked articles detailing charges of ballot irregularities or electronic fraud being made in various states, especially key battlegrounds such as Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
FBI investigating voter data theft - Forbes
Data expert: between 120,000 and 306,000 fake people cast ballots - NTD Television
Maricopa GOP chairwoman: Trump votes credited to Biden - Capitol Times
Anonymous: 35,000 illegal votes for Democratic candidates - Daily Signal
House Republicans seek mail-ballot process review before Jan. 5 runoff - Epoch Times
Dekalb County can’t find chain of custody records for absentee ballots - Epoch Times
Chief investigator: No 'mystery ballots' seen in security video - Washington Examiner
Attorney L. Lin Wood: All 900 Fulton Co. military ballots for Biden - sdfish.com
Wood: Video shows ballots shredded - Cobb County Courier
Data analyst: 40,000 ballots illegally cast by people who had moved - NTD video
Ex-gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams group investigated for seeking to “register “ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters” before Jan. 5 Senate runoffs - Fox News
Judge allows probe of Dominion machines in Antrim County - Fox News
Four takeaways from the state Senate's vote fraud hearing - Daily Signal
Nevada GOP to appeal judge’s refusal to nullify Biden win - Associated Press
Native American voter advocacy group “handed out gift cards, electronics, clothing” in tribal areas, and on Facebook some recipients documented the exchanges for votes while wearing Biden campaign gear - The Federalist
Trump legal team: Audit finds 2 percent of ballots cast in the name of people who said they never received a ballot and 1 percent by those who said they never filled one out - PJ Media
Mail ballots were sent to abandoned businesses - Public Interest Legal Foundation
Trump representatives said more than 1,500 ballots may have been cast by dead voters and that 42,248 people voted “multiple times” - Washington Examiner
Witness: Early voting tallies in Carson County were inexplicably changed on election night - Hearing transcript
Whistleblower affidavit: Clark County supervisors accepted ballots despite concerns regarding required signatures - Washington Examiner
Justice Samuel Alito moves up U.S. Supreme Court deadline in mail ballot case - Epoch Times
Lawsuit: Up to 280,000 ballots ‘disappeared’ after postal contractor's trip from New York - Epoch Times
Tens of thousands of ballots returned earlier than sent date, researcher says - Epoch Times
Mail carrier says he was ordered to collect late ballots for backdating. - Washington Times
Pittsburgh ballots sent to vacant lots - Public Interest Legal Foundation
State Supreme Court deals Trump challenges third defeat in 30 hours - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A former member of Trump’s legal team, Powell has filed lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan alleging, as ABC News put it, “a complex plot involving shadowy foreign interests” (including Venezuela, China and Iran) as well as Dominion Voting Systems; Republican elected officials, and Democratic poll workers – "all allegedly in cahoots to steal the election from Trump.” This graphic details other claims made by Powell.
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Barr: No evidence of fraud that would change vote outcome - Associated Press
Earlier: Week of Nov. 22-28
Los Angeles prosecutors uncover scheme in which thousands of fraudulent ballots were cast - Just the News
Detroit worker swears she witnessed thousands of ballots being falsified - Just the News
Large numbers of voters say their absentee votes weren't counted or someone else requested their mail-in ballot - Just the News
Abnormally low number of rejected ballots - Just the News
A sudden surge of some 20,000 mail-in votes for Joe Biden in the greater Atlanta area while some 1,000 votes for President Trump mysteriously disappeared - Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations
Election supervisors in Clark County counted mail-in ballots despite concerns that the signatures were invalid, according to a whistleblower's affidavit - Washington Examiner
People inside a Biden-Harris van were witnessed opening, filling out, and resealing mail ballots, a whistleblower alleged - Epoch Times
Researcher: Tens of thousands of ballots returned earlier than sent date - Epoch Times
Social worker accused of 134 counts of fraudulently casting ballots for intellectually challenged clients - Attorney General's Office
Election officials used potentially illegal administrative policies that could disqualify tens of thousands of ballots - Just the News
Supervisors ordered a mail carrier to collect and submit late ballots, the carrier alleged, which supervisors then backdated so that they appeared to have been mailed in time - Washington Times
Bid to toss nearly 127,000 votes cast via drive-through voting during early voting period in Harris County - SCOTUS Blog