FACT CHECK: Map Shows California Election Results From 1984, Not 2020

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Facebook alleges California voted red during the 2020 presidential election. 

Verdict: False

The map is miscaptioned. The image shows the results of the 1984 election, not 2020. An expert confirmed the map does not show the 2020 election results in an email to Check Your Fact.

Fact Check: 

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A Facebook post claims to show evidence of election fraud during the 2020 election. The map an outline of California and their alleged votes with mostly red, or republican, counties and just a few blue. or democratic, ones.

“1) California is RED,” text in the image reads. “It is just because of the MASSIVE Election Fraud that stupid, brainwashed people believe Calif. is blue. Joe Biden won only in the SFO Bay area. In all the rest of California – including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County – Trump won BIG in California!”

The Facebook post links to the tweet shown in the screenshot, which garnered over 6,800 likes.

This map does not show the 2020 election results, however. The image actually depicts a reverse of the election results from the 1984 election between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, which can be seen on U.S. Election Atlas. At the time, Republicans were represented by red and Democrats were represented by blue. The poster switched the colors to show the majority of counties in red. 

A map from Politico of the 2020 election results in California shows a more even split in red and blue counties. (RELATED: Would A California Bill Strip Custody From Parents Who Refuse Gender Affirming Care?)

An expert directed Check Your Fact to page 22 of a document that shows the results of the 2020 presidential election in California, saying that the results do not correspond with what is shown in the map.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter