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Thousands of Trump ballots were not counted.

There is no evidence of widespread, systematic voter fraud in the US 2020 elections.

There is no evidence of widespread, systematic voter fraud in the US 2020 elections.Unsubstantiated allegations were made on social media claiming that some votes casted for President Donald Trump were not counted in Maricopa County, Arizona - a vital battleground in the 2020 U.S. election because voters used Sharpie pens. The conspiracy theory was called 'Sharpiegate.' Similar rumors about Sharpies or other writing tools and ballots circulated in Chicago, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

However, Maricopa County officials informed voters that Sharpies did not interfere with ballots and posted a video explaining Election Day. The state attorney general’s office said in a statement that it had received hundreds of complaints about the use of Sharpies and sent a letter to Maricopa County officials to investigate the concerns. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs later said that all ballots are being counted.

Media outlets declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 United States presidential election. Despite the result, Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged and has repeatedly made claims around widespread voter fraud in the country. Trump has attempted to discredit the electoral process on the grounds that expanded mail voting and the counting delays it caused in some states represent large-scale fraud. Trump's claims have ranged from 'more people voted than the number of people registered in a state,' and 'the dominion system deleted 2.7 million votes for President Trump nationwide' and many more, but claims around voter fraud made by him have been repeatedly debunked. No credible media organization has found widespread evidence of voter fraud. The Trump campaign has also filed lawsuits in some key states, including Pennsylvania and Georgia. However, in many cases, the campaign is dropping lawsuits or being dismissed by the court.

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