False election claims: Here is a list of the latest election rumors you should be aware of
As multiple states continue counting mail-in ballots, President Donald Trump, his campaign team, and his supporters are beginning to scramble in an effort to discredit the results and integrity of the election. Now, a substantial number of claims and conspiracy theories are running rampant all over social media.
According to Buzzfeed News, the claims are being broken down into three different categories: unverified, misleading, and flatly false. In fact, over the last 48 hours, the president has even been flagged for spreading information that falls into one of these three categories.
Check out the list of election rumors circulating on social media:
1. A viral video that appears to capture a local camera man wheeling a ballot box into a Detroit, Mich., vote counting center.
YouTuber Steven Crowder and a Texas news site released footage of what they described as suspicious activity at the vote counting center. The video quickly went viral as it garnered millions of views in a very short period of time. However, further investigation confirmed the man in the video is affiliated with Detroit's WXYZ and he was removing camera equipment from a van to go inside of the center.
Here is a clip of the misleading video being debunked:
FACT CHECK: A video claiming to show voter fraud and a wagon being loaded outside of the TCF Center in Detroit is a… https://t.co/ibwlojG0X1— WXYZ Detroit (@WXYZ Detroit)1604580313.0
2. A tweet that claimed more than 138,000 voters were "magically found" in Michigan.
As mail-in votes were counted in Michigan, Biden's lead surged and ultimately led to him being declared the winner of the state. However, Trump supporters focused in on a misleading theory that suggested 138,000 votes were "found.". According to a spokesperson for Decision Desk HQ, the amount included in the tweets was "a simple error" and changes were made to reflect the correct tabulation.
"It was a simple error from a file created by the state that we ingested," the company said in a statement. "DDHQ does not correct/amend/adjust any state provided file. The state noticed the error and produced an updated count. This happens on election nights and we expect other vote tabulators in MI experienced this error and corrected in real-time as we did."
3. Wisconsin reported more votes than the number of citizens registered to vote in the state.
Almost immediately after Biden won Wisconsin, Trump supporters falsely claimed the state had more ballots than the number of registered voters. However, this claim is also false. One viral tweet claimed Wisconsin has a total 3,129,000 of registered voters and 3,239,920 people voted. Although the Twitter user claimed the stats were "direct evidence of fraud," it has been confirmed that the claim is not true.
The Wisconsin Election Commission reported that there were 3,684,726 voters registered in the state as of November 1. Of that total number of registered voters, 3,288,771 votes were counted as of 11:30 a.m. EST which left a deficit of approximately 395,955
Some Trump supporters within that estimated 395,000 deficit claim they were given Sharpie markers to vote when they arrived at poll locations in Arizona. They claim their votes were invalidated because they used markers. However, that claim has also been refuted. Arizona officials confirmed that all ballots that were filled out with Sharpie markers were accepted and included in the official count.
Did you know we use Sharpies in the Vote Centers so the ink doesn’t smudge as ballots are counted onsite? New offse… https://t.co/9g7cxBUxIV— Maricopa County Elections Department (@Maricopa County Elections Department)1604436552.0
5. No, Trump has not won the state of Pennsylvania.
Multiple people from Trump's camp including his son Eric Trump and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed the president had won the state of Pennsylvania. This is also untrue. In fact, as of 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, Pennsylvania still has approximately 500,000 ballots to count.
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