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Exhaustive fact check finds little evidence of voter fraud, but 2020’s ‘Big Lie’ lives on

December 19, 2021

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More than a year after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, former President Donald Trump and his allies still insist without evidence that widespread voter fraud led to a stolen election. A new reporting project from the Associated Press shows that is false, finding fewer than 475 potential instances out of more than 25 million votes cast. Judy Woodruff speaks to reporter Christina Cassidy.

Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed in this piece, and what is her background?
  • What research went into the Associated Press report on voter fraud?
  • Where did reporters go to look for voter fraud?
  • What were some of the findings of the Associated Press report?
  • Why does Donald Trump and other political opponents of President Biden argue that the election was unfair?

Focus Questions

What do you think are the most important possible protections for the U.S. electoral system that will keep it free and fair?

Media literacy: How does the Associated Press explain its methodology, or the methods it used to try to determine the prevalence of voter fraud in the 2020 election?

For More

You can read the full AP report on the low levels of voter fraud in the 2020 election here.


Unused privacy booths are seen at a voting site in Tripp Commons inside the Memorial Union building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Election Day in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, U.S. November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan