Many conservatives across the country still haven’t accepted the results of the presidential election — including President Trump. The president and his administration are still falsely claiming victory on social media. He and other prominent conservatives are citing massive voter fraud and other conspiracies without any evidence.

One of the conspiracy theories around the election’s outcome deals with a mathematical principle, known as Benford’s Law. However, statisticians, data journalists and mathematicians alike have all dispelled this theory as misinformation. What is Benford’s Law, and how did a little-known mathematical principle become the center of voter fraud claims?

*Produced by Ingalisa Schrobsdorff and Richard Cunningham*

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