False allegations of voter fraud continue to spread weeks after the presidential election. PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols spoke with CapRadio’s Mike Hagerty debunking these claims.
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
On misleading allegations about voter fraud in Georgia
Election officials found more than 2,600 uncounted votes in a county north of Atlanta. Most of those votes favored President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean they’re evidence of fraud.
Georgia election officials said this was a matter of human error.
The Secretary of State in Georgia, a Republican, has repeatedly said there is no evidence of fraud affecting the state’s election results.
He told PolitiFact in an email that the uncounted ballots were an example of mismanagement at the county level,” and that they were found during a hand audit.
Also, they were not expected to be enough to change the results of Georgia’s election. President-elect Joe Biden leads Trump by about 13,000 votes in that state.
PolitiFact looked at a viral video making the claim, and it’s right about the 2,600 votes being uncounted but wrong about this being fraud. It rated the claims in this video Mostly False.
On the claim about the 2020 election being the most secure election ever run in the United States
Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin made that claim. She said it on a TV show and cited the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security as her source.
This goes against what President Trump has repeatedly said. The president has continued to spread baseless claims of widespread fraud, falsely saying this was a “rigged” election.
PolitiFact found that Baldwin is the one who’s correct.
Two cybersecurity committees within Homeland Security released a statement last week that called the presidential election “the most secure in American history.”
It went on to say that it’s normal to see the recounts in close contests; those allow for the correction of mistakes. But, Homeland Security insisted there’s no evidence that any voting system was in any way compromised.
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