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The 2020 fraud hunt: Among the biggest wastes of time in U.S. history

An effort to uncover purported fraud in the 2020 presidential election is one of the biggest wastes of time and money in American history, says Julian Zelizer. Zelizer: The chance that the canvassers find even one example of voter fraud is low; the chance that they will uncover a rampant campaign of fraud substantial enough to call the results into question lies somewhere near “a guy in Denver being hit a meteorite from the Alpha Centauri” in the universe’s book of statistical probabilities. He says it represents a scale of human energy and time that's hard to grasp in the abstract; it's not easy to imagine in the context of a thought experiment. Imagine trying to speak with people in 20 different households in your neighborhood.

After 2020, there were 60 cases filed by Trump's campaign and his allies, recounts in a number of states. Frida Ghitis: The aftermath of the 2020 election has seen an enormous waste of time and money. She says Maricopa County's audit of the results was a waste of money and time; the results were unchanged. Ghitis says the media spent a great deal of time covering the audit and its components, as it has the effort to prove “fraud’s” more broadly. She says there have been more than 21,000 15-second cable-news segments on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC mentioning fraud in the context of an election since Election Day in 2020, including 225 solid days of coverage in which fraud was discussed.

John Sutter: Trump ally Dinesh D'Souza's film '2000 Mules' shows no evidence of voter fraud in 2020 elections. He says 90 million minutes of time spent watching the film is wasted in actually watching it. Sutter says there is no evidence that any significant fraud occurred in any recent national election, 2020 or otherwise. The group that produced the film, True the Vote, has offered testimony before multiple state legislative bodies, including in Wisconsin and Arizona, has been critical of Trump's claims about voter fraud, Sutter writes. But it's a huge investment of time that should not have had to have been invested, he says, and we've all wasted more than enough resources on this nonsense already. We’ve all wasted it already.