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Election safeguards make it impossible to have more ballots than registered voters. Claims that say otherwise are false.

The Facts

It is impossible for a state to count more votes than there are eligible voters. Charts showing otherwise are attempting to mislead the public by displaying fabricated figures. Below is an accurate chart of the number of registered voters and the current vote counts (as of 11/4 at 3:30pm ET) in key battleground states.   

Note: Nevada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have same day voter registration. These additional new voter registrations will take time to be reflected in the state files.

Every state has robust procedures in place to ensure that each voter only gets a single vote in an election. Mailed ballots, for instance, are designed with numerous security features, such as personalized barcodes, to guarantee that only one ballot is cast per person. As a final check, election results are certified by someone other than the election officials themselves to provide assurance that the results are correct.

Last updated Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:50 PM EST

Trusted Sources

After the Voting Ends: The Steps to Complete an Election →

Official Nevada Voter Registration Statistics →

Official Nevada Vote Total  →

Official Pennsylvania Vote Total →

Official Pennsylvania Voter Registration Statistics →

Official Minnesota Vote Total →

Official Minnesota Voter Registration Statistics →

Official North Carolina Vote Total →

Official North Carolina Voter Registration Statistics →

AP Wisconsin Vote Total →

Official Wisconsin Voter Registration Statistics →

Official Michigan Vote Total →

Official Michigan Voter Registration Statistics →

Official Arizona Vote Total →

Official Arizona Voter Registration Statistics →

Official Georgia Vote Total →

Official Georgia Voter Registration Statistics  →