Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds on June 26, 2021 in Wellington, Ohio.

Afew months ago, two women showed up at Steve Snell’s home in southern Pennsylvania with questions for his 89-year-old mother-in-law.

“They said they were with something called the ‘Committee to Verify the Election’ or something like that — something I had never heard of,” said Snell, a retiree and former Democratic candidate for the state legislature.

More than a year after the election, reports of door-to-door canvassing have surfaced across the country — from battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, to solidly red Utah. An Ohio scientist popular in circles associated with former President Donald Trump recently told a Wisconsin legislative committee that he’s already trained canvassing teams in 30 states.

These so-called “citizen canvasses” are the latest twist in the effort by Trump’s supporters to advance claims — pushed by the former President himself — that he lost the 2020 election through voter fraud. Federal, state and location election officials all have said there’s no evidence of widespread election fraud that would have affected the outcome of the presidential election.

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