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Trump wants a 'major investigation' into voter fraud. There's no evidence it happened.


President Trump tweeted Wednesday he would call for a "major investigation" into voter fraud in the 2016 election, despite zero evidence that widespread voter fraud occurred in the U.S.

Trump said the investigation would specifically target people registered to vote in multiple states, illegal immigrants and those who are registered to vote despite being dead. 

The Washington Post reported just four cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election. Trump has suspected millions of illegal votes.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer, during a briefing Tuesday, referred to a Pew Research Center study that found problems with the voter registration rolls that matched Trump's claims.

However, the study's primary author said the study only found that there were duplicate registration records, not evidence of fraud. 

Spicer also cited a study claiming 14 percent of people who voted were not citizens. But that study was quickly refuted as biased by other researchers.

The Pew author refuted Trump's allegations of widespread voter fraud back in November.

The Pew study argued the reason for many duplications on voter registration lists wasn't due to fraud, but due to the fact that people move and don't notify local officials that they should be removed from the lists. 

This also happens when people die. Many families forget to remove their dead loved ones from the voter registration rolls, and not all states have an automatic system to remove the deceased from the lists, The Washington Post reported.

Even if widespread voter fraud was found, that would cast Trump's win into question.

Trump has criticized those who called for a voting recount and suspected fraud.

We are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump.
National Association of Secretaries of State

The National Association of Secretaries of State, which represents many state election officials, said they didn't know of any evidence to support Trump's claims. The association also said many of its members are Republican. 

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