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Fact Check-Contrary to social media posts, recounts of the 2020 U.S. presidential election were not conducted ‘in 46 states’

It is untrue that 46 of 50 U.S. states had recounts of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, despite social media claims spreading over a year after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

In April 2022, posts shared online read: “SCREENSHOT BEFORE THIS GETS DELETED 46 of 50 states have now recounted and CONFIRMED that Biden lost the vote in their state. The media has not said ANYTHING about this and continues to ignore it.”

An iteration posted on Twitter has garnered at least 2,000 retweets ( here ). Other examples are viewable on Facebook ( here ) ( here ) ( here ).

The posts echo a debunked narrative pedaled by former U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies that blame widespread voting fraud for his loss in the Nov. 3 election ( here ).

Biden received the most Electoral College votes, with 306 to Donald Trump’s 232, a result that was later certified by the U.S. congress ( here ). He was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021.

Recounts, backed by the Republican party and the Trump campaign, were conducted in counties in Wisconsin, Arizona and Texas and at a statewide level in Georgia.

In a recount, authorities repeat the process of tallying up votes. Every state sets its own threshold for when to do a recount. Some require one whenever an election is especially close. ( here ).

More information about each state’s procedure is viewable ( here ) ( here ) ( here )

ARIZONA

In Arizona, Biden’s victory in Maricopa County – the state’s most populous county and a critical territory to his narrow win over Trump – was confirmed by a hand recount and multiple post-election tests for accuracy that were pushed by Republicans. ( here ) ( here )

WISCONSIN

Dane County and Milwaukee County, the two largest counties in key swing state Wisconsin also held recounts of presidential ballots. Both confirmed that Biden had defeated Trump by more than 20,000 votes, Reuters reported on Nov. 29, 2020 ( here ).

TEXAS

While Trump won in the state of Texas ( here ), on Sept. 2020 he demanded probes of the vote in four of the most populous counties in Texas: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin. Trump lost the popular vote in three of the four ( here ).

By Dec. 31, 2021 local outlets reported that the an initial progress report of the phase 1 of the audit had so far not found any significant discrepancies ( here )( here ).

Sam Taylor, Director of Communications of the Office of Texas Secretary of State, confirmed to Reuters via email that phase 2 of the audit is currently underway.

The published findings ( here ), Taylor added, “include results of the partial manual recounts in the four counties included in the audit” which “have long been required under Texas law after every election.”

GEORGIA

Georgia also conducted three different recounts of ballots of the presidential election, all of which confirmed Biden as the winner ( here ) ( here ).

OTHERS

The battleground state of Pennsylvania conducted a so-called risk-limiting audit of the November 2020 election, and all counties also audited a sample of their votes as mandated by law. Neither effort turned up widespread fraud to put in question Trump's loss to President Joe Biden in the state by 81,000 votes. ( here ).

Reuters found no other evidence that “46 of 50 states have now recounted and CONFIRMED that Biden lost the vote in their state,” as the social media posts say.

VERDICT

False. Recounts of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election were not conducted in 46 states as recently claimed on social media posts.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here.

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