It turns out that no matter how much proof there is that the election was done fairly, people are going to continue to believe the 'Big Lie' because it's being constantly repeated by Trump and his allies. — Richard Hasen, an election law expert at University of California Irvine School of Law
It turns out that no matter how much proof there is that the election was done fairly, people are going to continue to believe the 'Big Lie' because it's being constantly repeated by Trump and his allies. — Richard Hasen, an election law expert at University of California Irvine School of Law

One would think in a real world, that even this fake audit, that was stacked in favor of helping Trump, that a finding in favor of Biden would have deflated the enthusiasm. ... But facts don't matter when you're incessantly lying about election integrity. — Richard Hasen, an election law expert at University of California Irvine School of Law
One would think in a real world, that even this fake audit, that was stacked in favor of helping Trump, that a finding in favor of Biden would have deflated the enthusiasm. ... But facts don't matter when you're incessantly lying about election integrity. — Richard Hasen, an election law expert at University of California Irvine School of Law

'We won': Trump and his allies barrel ahead with election lies despite Arizona review confirming his loss
Trump's allies are already demanding a new review of another Arizona county won by President Joe Biden. They are launching more partisan ballot reviews in other states following the Arizona playbook after passing laws making it harder to vote earlier this year. And they are calling for decertification of Arizona's 2020 election despite the lack of fraud, as part of a larger effort to validate Trump's "Big Lie" and undermine the 2020 election results.

The lesson they're taking from Arizona's Maricopa County ballot review is not that they failed and should stop, but rather that they should try to avoid the negative scrutiny that hounded the Cyber Ninjas' review and "do it better" in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, even if there's no evidence of fraud, said Sarah Longwell, a conservative publisher and executive director of the conservative group Defending Democracy Together.

"It has nothing to do with auditing votes," Longwell told CNN. "It has to do with creating a cloud of suspicion around the elections and keeping their fraud narrative front and center."

The partisan ballot review in Maricopa County released last week reaffirmed Biden's victory. But Trump and the Arizona GOP officials who backed it ignored that conclusion and the highly problematic nature of the review itself, run by a company inexperienced in election audits and which failed to follow standard auditing procedures, and instead touted other issues raised in their report -- even though they were quickly rebutted by election experts and county officials.

Similar election "audits" already are moving forward in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And Texas' secretary of state's office announced a "full and comprehensive forensic audit" in four counties hours after Trump fired off a letter to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott demanding just such a review.

Richard Hasen, an election law expert at University of California Irvine School of Law, said he once thought that it would require "some kernel of truth" for people to believe the falsehood that the 2020 election had been rigged.

"It turns out that no matter how much proof there is that the election was done fairly, people are going to continue to believe the 'Big Lie' because it's being constantly repeated by Trump and his allies," said Hasen, who co-directs the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center at UC Irvine.

"One would think in a real world, that even this fake audit, that was stacked in favor of helping Trump, that a finding in favor of Biden would have deflated the enthusiasm. And maybe it has among some," he added. "But facts don't matter when you're incessantly lying about election integrity."


... Hasen, who recently wrote a paper warning of the risks of election subversion in 2024, said it's "incredibly dangerous" that people who continue to promote the "Big Lie" are running to oversee future elections.

"No. 1, it will further undermine people's confidence in the process," Hasen said. "And No. 2, someone who believes or purports to believe that the last election was stolen is more likely to act in a way to not conduct a fair election as a kind of payback for the supposed rigging the last time."
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