December 2020

After a recount, Republican Marianette Miller-Meeks was certified as the winner over Democrat Rita Hart by six votes in the race to represent Iowa’s 2nd congressional district. The margin of victory is the smallest in a House race since 1984, and the smallest in Iowa in over a century. Rather than seek further remedies in Iowa courts, Hart will file an election contest pursuant to the Federal Contested Election Act, which could lead to the Democratic-controlled House conducting its own investigation and recount.Visit AP

On December 1st, Gabriel Sterling (one of Georgia’s top election officials) criticized President Trump and Georgia’s two U.S. Senators for their failure to condemn violent rhetoric and threats aimed at Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The Trump campaign and Georgia’s two U.S. Senators each issued statements in response to Sterling’s criticism condemning threats of violence, but they also doubled-down on their criticism of top Georgia officials.Visit AP News to learn more.Image credit: Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0) 

On December 1st, Attorney General William Barr announced that the Department of Justice had found no evidence of widespread or systemic voter fraud that could have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. He also clarified that the DOJ would continue to investigate credible allegations of voter fraud brought to its attention. President Trump’s legal team disputed Barr’s comments.Visit NBC News to learn more.Image credit: U.S. Marshals Service, Office of Public Affairs (CC BY 2.0)