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In July, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) provided Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett (D) with a list of 17 names of people suspected of illegally voting in the 2012 elections. One month later, Garnett has “easily verified” that all 17 were legal voters.

The 17 names were on a list of 155 people that Gessler had identified as possible illegal voters. According to Garnett, the results show the futility of such hunts.

“Local governments and county clerks do a really good job regulating the integrity of elections, and I’ll stand by that record any day of the week,” Garnett said, according to Daily Camera. “We don’t need state officials sending us on wild goose chases for political reasons.” Garnett added that he believes that Gessler referred the names for prosecution in a search for results to back up his long-running claims of widespread fraud.

That Colorado’s supposedly rampant voter fraud turned out not to exist is hardly surprising; previous hunts have similarly come up empty. As Think Progress has pointed out, voters are 39 times more likely to be struck by lightning and 3,500 more times to report a UFO encounter than they are to commit fraud at the polls. Still, over the past two years the threat of fraud has led to a series of laws that will supposedly protect the integrity of elections, while potentially disenfranchising millions of Americans.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key 2020 battleground states, both certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday -- while President Donald Trump kept seeking to contest election results in court and insisted that he "will never concede."

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar, a Democrat, reported that she had certified the results after receiving certifications from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties yesterday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he had fulfilled the legal requirements and "signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." The final vote total showed Biden with a lead of 80,555 votes in the commonwealth.

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