Election deniers still don’t understand how elections work

The 2022 general election has many takeaways. But beyond the winners and losers from a political and policy perspective, one obvious, persistent and disturbing result is that election-denying partisans still don’t know how elections work.

Across the country, activists — mainly Trump Republicans whose candidates lost — claim the results are inaccurate and illegitimate. Their criticisms and demands, including calls for new elections, are based on misconceptions about how ballots are obtained, cast and counted.

The allegations aren’t just in high-profile battleground states like Arizona, where supporters of Trump-aligned candidates who have lost bids for governor, state sects and the U.S. Senate are planning a protest in the state capitol to demand new elections on Friday, Nov. 25.

Take a look at the following examples from ElectionLine.org, which collects press releases from around the county on election administration and policy issues.

  • In Forsyth County, North Carolina, the fourth most populous state and home to the Winston-Salem metro area, confusion over the software used to shut down polling stations’ voting computers on Election Day led Kenneth Raymond, the president of the county Republican Party, claimed that a “security breach” may have occurred. He called for a “full forensic” investigation; a term used by election deniers that is an open inquiry that can perpetuate doubt.

At an election board meeting, Forsyth County Elections Director Tim Tsujii acknowledged the apparent programming error, but said it would not have affected the vote count. All paper ballots in two randomly chosen districts were counted by hand and they matched the electronically compiled totals, he said, confirming the accuracy of the voting system.

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