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Results from a public opinion poll taken by Reuters/Ipsos has revealed that although 73% of Americans believe that Joe Biden won the election, only 55% of those believe it was a legitimate election. 

The survey of 1,346 Americans was conducted from Nov 13–17 with the results being posted on Nov 18. 

Of the 496 Republican voters in the poll, 59% believe Biden’s projected victory was because of a rigged election or voter fraud. 

Comparatively, just 6% of the 598 Democrats in the poll believe any fraud had been involved in the election results. 

The results of the Reuters/Ipsos poll mirror the results of a Hill/HarrisX poll conducted on June 22 that revealed 80% of Republicans were concerned about potential tampering with mail-in-ballots compared to the 56% of surveyed Democrats.

This is not the first election President Trump has claimed voter fraud was involved in. 

The President shared a post from himself on Nov. 6, 2012, in which he warns, “pay attention to the machines.” 

There was no confirmation of widespread voter fraud found in the 2012 election. 

In the 2016 election, President Trump was elected by winning the electoral vote but lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. When final votes were tallied, the president declared that if the millions of illegal votes were deducted from the total, he actually won the popular vote.  

In a repeating pattern, President Trump warned voters about 2020 election fraud in a tweet on July 30.

While the Trump campaign has warned about the mailed ballots being problematic, Democratic campaigns took a different approach to mail-in-voting with representatives like Michelle Obama encouraging people to vote by mail as a way to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Nov. 4, Eric Trump retweeted a video of a person burning 80 Trump ballots as one alleged example of voter fraud happening in the country. His tweet was shared 29.8K times.

However, the City of Virginia Beach––where the ballots in the video were from––had already addressed the video on their official website on Nov. 3 with evidence of the ballots in the video not being official. 

While multiple lawsuits are filed in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Wisconsin, no substantial evidence of voter fraud has been found. But there is pending litigation with hundreds of sworn affidavits, according to Trump’s attorney, Sidney Powell.  

The Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and The Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees released a joint statement regarding claims of election fraud on Nov. 12 and wrote, “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

“While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.” 

 “When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Chris Krebs, has since been fired. 
President Trump confirmed Krebs termination, calling his statement “highly inaccurate.”

Written ByKarissa Leuschen

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