False: The U.S. federal courts have annulled the 2020 presidential election.

By: Annie Priya
July 4 2022

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False: The U.S. federal courts have annulled the 2020 presidential election.


The Verdict False

The U.S. Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court, have not overturned the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Claim ID 01ab960d


Social media is one thread in a larger narrative of misinformation regarding the 2020 presidential election results, where many theories about voter fraud or conspiracies have been continuously shared online. One such Twitter post on June 26, 2022, claimed that the U.S. federal court decertified the 2020 election and that the House of Representatives was in an emergency session. A screenshot of the same tweet has been shared by multiple Facebook users and groups. This misinformation narrative has been propagated since Joe Biden was elected over Donald Trump for office.

In fact:

No such decision can be found relating to the cancellation of the 2020 presidential election by going through documents available on the U.S. Supreme Court website. Also, no such results can be found on the U.S. federal courts website either. The cancellation of the 2020 presidential election results would inevitably have been covered widespread across the media, both in the U.S. and worldwide, but no credible publication has reported so.

The U.S. House of Representatives website also has no information about an emergency session. ABC News published an article on April 2, 2022, that some Republican politicians "continue to push to 'cancel' the 2020 election". The article also stated that experts say the appeal is legally and constitutionally dubious.

According to U.S. Constitution, there is no provision to invalidate presidential elections. The 25th amendment states that removing a sitting president would require impeachment by the U.S. Congress when the president is "unfit to exercise the powers" of the office. Constitutional scholars have noted that the Counting Act provides for the certification of the vote for the president's election but has no provision for the annulment of the vote.

Reuters stated that former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, the nation's top law enforcement official under Trump, said on December 1, 2020, that he had not seen any evidence of fraud that would have changed the 2020 election results. Logically has previously debunked several false claims linking to the 2020 presidential election.

The verdict:

Neither the U.S. federal courts nor the Supreme Court has decertified the 2020 presidential election. Hence, we have marked this claim as false.

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