Why Voter Fraud Narratives Remain Persistent
As the 2020 US elections took place, narratives about voter fraud that had once been confined largely to supporters of President Donald Trump became amplified into the mainstream.
As this happened, Biden supporters, electoral integrity organisations and mainstream media sources increasingly sought to counteract narratives around voter fraud in order to emphasise the legitimacy of the election process. This meant that through their efforts to debunk dishonest narratives peddling ideas of voter fraud they ran the risk (as with all disinformation) of amplifying the original narratives further.
Analysis of one-week periods immediately before and after the election by ISD researchers indicate that this may indeed have occurred.