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WaPo: Trump-paid study undercuts 2020 voter fraud claims in Nevada

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Reno, Nev.

A study of the 2020 election commissioned by the Donald Trump campaign undercut many of the former president's most explosive claims about voter fraud in five key states, including Nevada.

The Washington Post reports that the study, which was conducted by the Berkeley Research Group, indicated that the number of dead and double voters nationally was far lower than Trump claimed.

In Nevada, Trump’s lawyers said in a court filing that more than 1,500 ballots were cast in the names of dead people, and that more than 42,000 voters voted twice. The researchers found instead that 12 ballots were cast in the names of deceased people in Clark County, and believed the maximum potential number was 20 voters statewide.

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Their analysis also indicated that the number of double voters in Nevada was likely somewhere between 45 and the “high end potential exposure” of about 9,000, well under Trump’s claim of more than 42,000.

Trump lost Nevada by about 33,000 votes, and a judge dismissed the Nevada case even as Trump continued to claim he won the state.

In addition to Nevada, the Berkeley Research Group analyzed voting in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The report, which cost the Trump campaign more than $600,000, was never made public.

Dave Becker joined Nevada Public Radio as Program Director in late 2007. He’s the “buck stops here” staffer for everything heard on KNPR and KCNV, and he’s also a last-ditch substitute host and a voice in NVPR’s membership campaigns.