Is There Really Voter Fraud?
Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, and with mail in ballots being accepted in certain states after election day, voting early, and voting on election day, is there fraud that changed the results of the election?
Biden won swing states such as Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania, and Georgia, which Trump was projected to win in the beginning of the election. Due to COVID-19, former vice president and 2020 President Elect Joe Biden encouraged his voters to vote by mail, while President Trump told his voters to vote on Election Day.
This made it seem like Trump would win these states at first, but once mail in votes began to be counted, these states turned blue, leading Donald Trump and his voters to believe that there was voter fraud, to the point where there have been recounts in several states.
Tweets have gone viral, assuming that dead people voted in this election, according to BBC. This has been proven false, still making Joe Biden the 2020 president elect. Trump filed lawsuits in the swing states that he lost in hopes to change the election results, according to CNN. Despite these lawsuits against voter fraud, there is little evidence of it actually occurring. It is unsuccessful for the Trump administration as CNBC states, “The Trump campaign and its allies now have lost or withdrawn more than 30 lawsuits that were part of that effort”. I believe that a recount is not necessary. Will a recount make a major difference? I personally do not think that it will turn the states back to red.
So what now? Since the beginning of America’s democracy, the United States has been known for its peaceful transfer of power. This precedent was set by John Adams, the second US president, when it was time for Thomas Jefferson, who came from a different party, to come into office. Since 1800, in every election despite the outcome, there has been a peaceful transfer of power from the last president to the next. Will this change after this election?
Trump has stated that he is debating on whether or not this transfer of power will be peaceful. At a rally in Pennsylvania, he stated that he would get the Supreme Court involved if he did not win. When asked by a journalist in November if there would be a peaceful transfer of power, he said, “Well, we’ll have to see what happens”, asserting that he is unsure on whether or not he will peacefully transfer power.
As president of the United States, he should be setting a good example for others to follow, and by rejecting the results if he does not win is extremely immature.
Although Trump has stated in the past that he is unsure if he would concede, he has confessed that if the electoral college confirms Biden's win, he would leave office. CNN states, “President Donald Trump said for the first time Thursday he will leave office if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden but made clear he's not prepared to concede”. This is the first step to a peaceful transfer of power, and I believe that although this should have happened a while ago, it is nice to see Trump finally starting to accept the outcome.
According to the New York Times, voter fraud is rare, and “...elections officials across the country, representing both parties, said there was no evidence that fraud had played any role in determining the election outcome this year”.
Despite the numerous claims of voter fraud interfering with the 2020 presidential election, recounts in multiple states show that Joe Biden is still the 2020 president elect.