Tucker Carlson Claims at Least 25 Dead People Voted in 2020 Election

Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed on Wednesday night that voter fraud had occurred in the 2020 presidential election. He showed his prime-time audience a list of 25 deceased people he said had cast votes this year.

"The position of corporate media across the country this week has been very simple: there was no voter fraud," Carlson said. "You're hearing virtually the same thing from everyone in the media. Everyone."

The deceased people Carlson listed included residents of Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. The races in Nevada and Pennsylvania have been called for Joe Biden and he could also carry Georgia.

Carlson focused on Georgia, where 15,000 votes now separate Trump and Biden and where there will be a hand recount.

"Among those votes, auditors will find a valid cast by a woman called Deborah Jean Christiansen. It would be hard to find anyone who's got a bad word to say about Deborah," Carlson said.

"She was well known in her community for years as a bird watcher, an avid gardener, a committed fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.

"Those who knew her were sad when she died last May and they might be surprised to learn that even after her death, Deborah Jean Christiansen still managed to register to vote and then cast a ballot, presumably for Joe Biden," he said.

"In some ways, it's an inspiring story. The triumph of voting over death," Carlson said of another purportedly dead Georgia voter, James Blalock, who was a mailman.

"In his case, maybe voting from the grave wasn't really fraud, it was just commitment," he said.

Carlson's claims come as the Trump campaign is mounting legal challenges to election results in some states amid unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, some advanced by the president himself.

There has been no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election and no proof of Carlson's specific claim that dead people somehow cast ballots in several states, including all-important Pennsylvania. Carlson claimed "nearly 3,000 potentially deceased voters" stayed on voter rolls there, according to a December 2019 report.

Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt, a Republican, dismissed the idea during an interview on Wednesday.

"I have seen the most fantastical things on social media, making completely ridiculous allegations that have no basis in fact at all and seen them spread," Schmidt told CNN.

Schmidt highlighted "a long list of people that they said were dead voters who voted in Philadelphia. So, when we took a break between everything else that we're doing, we looked it up, each one of them, to see what their vote history was. Not a single one of them voted in Philadelphia after they died."

An Associated Press report on Wednesday noted that claims about dead people voting come up at every election, but experts say there is no evidence for it. In some cases, voters simply have the same name and birth date as a deceased person. Minor errors in voter rolls, such as incorrect years of birth, can also suggest voters are too old to be alive.

However, Carlson used the unsubstantiated accusation that dead people had voted to criticize voting by mail, as Trump has also done.

"They are dead, but they voted anyway. The question is, how did they do that? How exactly did they cast their ballots?" Carlson said.

"And the short answer is, by mail. Dead people tend to vote more often when you make it easier for them to vote. They are like any other group. And this year we made it much easier for the dead to vote," he claimed.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. This week Carlson showed his TV audience a list of 25 dead people he claimed had voted in the 2020 election. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images