Donald Trump, Jr. joined his father in lying through his teeth about the prevalence of voter fraud, particularly in Florida, tweeting a link to a six-year old article about the Florida government falsely claiming 180,000 cases of potential illegal voting in the state. In reality, they found less than 100 — and those were only potential cases, not actual cases.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 12, 2018
But the news outlet updated the story to include what happened subsequent to that claim being made by the Florida Department of State, which is that they found virtually nothing at all once they investigated.
The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls). That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors. An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.
This has long been the Republican strategy. They compare several databases, find a huge number of “discrepancies” — a missing middle initial or apartment number, etc. — and loudly announce that they’ve found a massive number of cases of “potential voter fraud.” Then they actually investigate those “discrepancies” and find only a handful of potential cases, and few, if any, cases of actual voter fraud. But those findings don’t get announced nearly so loudly, of course, because the whole point is to deceive people into thinking it’s a huge problem when it is, in reality, virtually non-existent.