Former President Donald Trump took to social media on Wednesday, November 22, claiming that Fulton County, Georgia, had acknowledged the duplication of 3,600 individual ballots in a major Consent Decree, in a resurgence of election-related controversy,
This bold assertion by Trump reignites his efforts to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s post declared, “Fulton County, Georgia, acknowledges, in a major Consent Decree, that 3,600 individual ballots were DUPLICATED (36 Batches).
THAT’S A LOT OF CRIME. When are the rest of the facts coming out? We are all waiting. This is just the beginning. UNBELIEVABLE!”
However, a fact-check by USA Today back in August 2023 contradicted Trump’s claim, debunking an Instagram post that falsely asserted a lawsuit had revealed thousands of duplicate ballots in Fulton County.
Georgia election officials dismissed the claim as “absolute steaming garbage made by grifters to prey on the gullible.”
The fact check emphasized that the alleged duplicate ballots found in 2021 had no impact on the official election results, and there were no credible news reports supporting the claim.
It referred to a November 2020 discovery during a risk-limiting audit ordered by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office, revealing nearly 200 absentee ballots initially scanned twice.
However, this issue did not affect the election outcome, confirming that then-candidate Joe Biden did not receive additional votes from the double counts.
Trump’s resurfaced claims add fuel to the ongoing debate surrounding the integrity of the 2020 election.
As the controversy reignites, political observers anticipate further scrutiny of election processes and increased polarization on the validity of the results.
The former president’s persistent assertions of election improprieties contribute to a broader narrative shaping public perceptions and influencing the discourse around the democratic process in the United States.