The New York Times has concluded a nation wide investigation, contacting the offices of top election officials in every state to ask whether they suspected or had evidence of illegal voting.
Officials in 45 states responded directly to The Times, none reported any major voting issues. Public comments from secretaries and top ranking officials in other states also confirmed no evidence of fraud or other irregularities.
The results of the investigation amount to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.
Trump has been fixated on voter fraud since 2016, when he falsely claimed that vote stealing had cost him the popular vote, which he lost by roughly 3 million. The 2020 election saw him lose the popular vote to president-elect Joe Biden by around 5 million.
Absence of any major findings of fraud or irregularities, and the unwillingness of even Republican election officials to support Trump’s statements means chances of reversing the election result have now grown incredibly slim.