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Politics Fact check: What's true and what's false about the 2020 election

01:25  18 november  2020
01:25  18 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election

  Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election A post uses outdated data to argue there are more votes than registered voters in key battleground states. Data shows no state exceeds 100% turnout.“Huh. It just so happened that we are on track to have more votes than registered voters in every single state that could potentially win Trump the election,” claims an image posted to Facebook on Nov. 4. “You’ve been caught Dems.

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Puerto Rico unearths over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after election

  Puerto Rico unearths over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after election Puerto Rico’s elections commission said it has found over 100 briefcases with uncounted ballots a week after the U.S. territory held its election.Francisco Rosado, the commission’s new president, said the briefcases were found in a secured vault and blamed the situation on what he said was an underfunded and understaffed administrative board responsible for counting a record number of absentee and early votes.

What worries election experts the most is that all these challenges and changes could throw the result into doubt. “What we didn’t see in the primary, even where there was confusion or it took weeks to count “It is not helpful when false or misleading information, mudslinging and partisan rhetoric are

US election 2020 . image copyrightGetty Images. image captionBallots being collated for counting in Philadelphia. This false claim appeared on Instagram, saying that an election worker in Erie County, Pennsylvania had thrown out more than 100 votes for President Trump.

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Determine what caused pipe break situation on election night and determine why vote counting “There Are Facts of Fraud” – Rudy Giuliani: Trump Team to File Lawsuits against on Pennsylvania Democrat, Big Tech and Media Actions to Steal the Election – Here’s What ’ s Going on in Wisconsin.

False claims about the election process are spreading online in wake of the 2020 vote. The USA TODAY Fact Check team is dedicated to verifying claims and fighting misinformation. Here's a list of recent fact-checks related to the 2020 election:

Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are on opposite sides of the vote-by-mail issue. © AP Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are on opposite sides of the vote-by-mail issue.

Election Day debunks

Fact check: Pennsylvania voters exposed to COVID-19 can still vote

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Pennsylvania officials did not "attempt to silence voters" exposed to COVID-19 by telling them via letter they can't vote in person. Letters have been sent to Pennsylvanians exposed to the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, and the letter makes no mention of the election.

Fact check: Claim that Pennsylvania case is proof of ‘dead people’ voting is under investigation

  Fact check: Claim that Pennsylvania case is proof of ‘dead people’ voting is under investigation While Pennsylvania’s ballot tracker shows a recorded mail-in ballot for a Denise Ondick, officials have yet to determine this was voter fraud.At a Nov. 7 press conference, Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, claimed election officials in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County had received a mail-in ballot for Denise Ondick, despite Ondick having passed away before even receiving the ballot.

Facts are under assault in 2020 . We can't fight back misinformation about the election and COVID-19 As for the facts ? Nothing jumped out as Pants on Fire false (email us if you heard differently). This is True . In the 2016 election , Michigan — one of three crucial states that Trump flipped from the

What else is delaying the count? About half of states will accept postal ballots that arrive after election day, as long as they are postmarked by 3 November, so some votes won't be counted until days after the election . media captionCould postal voting upend the US election ?

Fact check: Poll watcher turned away at Philadelphia polling station in misunderstanding

A poll watcher was turned away from a Philadelphia polling station due to a legal misunderstanding, but he was allowed back in after the mistake was recognized. This appears to be an isolated incident.

Fact check: 'Nothing wrong' with Kentucky county's voting Nov. 3, clerk says

A Facebook post made on Oct. 13 about a voting holdup in Fayette County, Kentucky, was shared as if it was made on Nov. 3. While there was a brief hold up in voting the day the post was created, the Fayette County clerk said the delay was mischaracterized in the post – and the timing of the post's share is misleading.

Fact check: Video misrepresents timing and severity of Scranton ballot-scanning machine outage

Trump says the battleground states saw election fraud. Republican officials running those states disagree.

  Trump says the battleground states saw election fraud. Republican officials running those states disagree. Republican officials in swings states have responded by assuring voters there have been no signs of fraud.State leaders and election officials – many of them Republican – in those crucial swings states have responded by assuring voters there have been no signs of widespread fraud despite what Trump and his supporters have alleged.

Your questions about the US 2020 election answered. Your vote will still count. Because the focus of the 2020 US presidential election campaign is on just two men, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it' s very easy to Fact - checking Trump and Biden' s final week. What to look out for on election night.

What usually happens? US presidential elections are not won by the national popular vote. In most elections the result is clear – although not officially confirmed – by the end of the night. These need careful checking to make sure no one has voted twice.

Voting machines did go down in several polling districts in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the morning of Election Day, but all machines were up and running in under 2.5 hours. The video, labeled "BREAKING," was shared several hours after the issues were fixed.

Fact check: Image does not show massive wall in front of White House

The image at hand does not show a massive wall in front of the White House; it's fabricated from a 2009 image. The National Park Service confirmed the photo does not resemble the actual fencing at the White House that federal authorities did put up.

Fact check: Bricks in Detroit are for construction projects, not to incite violence

There's no evidence bricks were purposely staged in Detroit to incite violence. Detroit police and the owner of a local construction company confirmed the bricks photographed are for construction projects.

Fact check: No one was allowed to vote after Nov. 3

Fact check: Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted twice on certifying election results

  Fact check: Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted twice on certifying election results The Wayne County Board of Canvassers didn't "refuse" to certify election results. After an initial tie, the board unanimously agreed to certify results.The lawsuit asks the judge to block the county Board of Canvassers from certifying election results if they contain fraudulent ballots and alleges that election officials backdated late-received ballots and excluded challengers from a “meaningful opportunity” to observe ballot processing.

Despite the post's claims, all Americans, including Democrats, must vote on or before Election Day. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by that day.

a group of people looking at a laptop: A Republican observer watches as Lehigh County workers count ballots as vote counting in the general election continues, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Allentown, Pa. © Mary Altaffer/AP A Republican observer watches as Lehigh County workers count ballots as vote counting in the general election continues, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Allentown, Pa.

On counting votes

Fact check: Typo led to false post about Michigan votes showing up 'magically' for Biden

A typo by a local Michigan county accounts for a sudden increase in Biden votes. The error was quickly corrected, and framing the incident as evidence of fraud is a gross mischaracterization.

Fact check: Democrat-led states did not stop counting votes for no reason

Mail-in ballots take longer to count, so many states counted overnight. Reports of counting delays or stoppages were either explained or false.

Fact check: That spike in the Wisconsin vote tally was expected and legitimate, not fraud

The vote tally in Wisconsin jumped at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 because that's when officials finished counting the city of Milwaukee's absentee ballots, a group of votes expected to lean heavily left. It's false to call the spike in the voting count fraud.

Fact check: Claim that voting noncitizens affected 2020 election outcome is unverified

  Fact check: Claim that voting noncitizens affected 2020 election outcome is unverified A possible count of noncitizen voter turnout relies on Census estimates, not registration data. The claim is unproven and missing context.Experts say the lawsuits will likely fail, but a public policy research firm found merit in the Trump campaign’s complaints.

Fact check: No, Wisconsin did not take a break from counting election results

Some of the state's election results arrived late due to an influx of mail-in ballots, not because officials took a break. And President-elect Joe Biden never held a large lead there.

Fact check: Post-election ballot counting not dependent on state's party

None of the seven key states left in play on Nov. 4 were fully Democrat-run, some more than others. And, the time it took to count ballots in each state can be explained by circumstances or state law.

Fact check: Claim saying ongoing ballot counting is cheating, voter fraud is inaccurate

A claim that ongoing ballot counting in Pennsylvania is cheating or fraudulent is false.

Fact check: Votes in Virginia accidentally tallied for Biden, error quickly fixed

There were 100,000 Central Absentee Precinct ballots that were mistakenly entered for Joe Biden in Fairfax County's unofficial election results spreadsheet, but the error was quickly noticed and fixed. The county's spreadsheet has been amended, and the state Board of Election's total votes counted tally never reflected the error

Fact check: Georgia ballot curing is not election fraud

Ballot curing is a legal process that ensures voters who cast their ballots by Election Day have a chance to see their vote counted. It's allowed in many states, and there is no evidence ballot curing was used to commit election fraud in Georgia.

Republican National Committee, Michigan GOP ask state board to delay certifying election results

  Republican National Committee, Michigan GOP ask state board to delay certifying election results Michigan's elections board recommended certification, saying Detroit had fewer problems than the August primary and the 2016 presidential election. "As in past elections, some jurisdictions made errors in reporting unofficial results," the report said. "These errors are all attributable to human error in the operation of tools used to report unofficial results, did not affect the actual tabulation of votes, and were identified and corrected.

Fact check: Wisconsin county did not have a glitch that stole votes from Trump

A data entry error by the Associated Press left presidential totals transposed for several minutes, but election officials were not involved. The votes in Rock County were counted following standard procedure.

Fact check: No, Wisconsin votes don’t have to be counted by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3

Voters in line at 8 p.m. on Election Day can legally cast their vote. No judge made this ruling, and an earlier ruling from a federal judge — since upheld by an appeals panel — actually did the opposite, allowing any absentee ballots returned by Nov. 9 to be counted, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People vote at Staples Center on Nov. 3, 2020 in Los Angeles. © David McNew, Getty Images People vote at Staples Center on Nov. 3, 2020 in Los Angeles.

On calling states

Fact check: 14 of the first 25 states called went to Trump, contrary to viral claims

The claim that blue states were called immediately, while red states were not is false. Of the first 25 states called by the Associated Press, 14 were for Trump. There's also no evidence vote counting was paused to "find" ballots.

Fact check: Key Senate races left uncalled due to uncounted ballots, not fraud

The five states still not called on Nov. 5 still had unreported votes outstanding. None of those states had elected new Republican senators when the post was made, though some races appear as if they may eventually.

Fact check: CNN never made – or retracted – Arizona call for Joe Biden

A spokesperson for CNN said the news network never called Arizona for Biden, and USA TODAY found no evidence indicating otherwise.

Fact check: False claim that George Soros arrested for election-related crimes

  Fact check: False claim that George Soros arrested for election-related crimes Claims that George Soros has been arrested are false. They were based on a doctored version of an indictment brought against six hackers in October.Some claimed false associations between Soros and Moderna, one of the companies working to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Others baselessly claimed  he helped to finance and transport protesters to Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Fact check: Political news website never called Pennsylvania for Joe Biden

Real Clear Politics never called Pennsylvania or switched it from Biden as many social media posts claim, according to its co-founder and president, Tom Bevan, as well as its Washington bureau chief, Carl M. Cannon.

Fact check: Some electoral maps show Trump leading with 232 votes. They're wrong.

Epoch Times, Gateway Pundit, and EveryLegalVote.com show a different electoral vote count for two reasons: They exclude states with pending litigation or recounts, subtracting votes from Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, and in one case Virginia, from Biden. They also called North Carolina for Trump, though the state was not done counting as of publication time and has not been called by the Associated Press. Their counts are incorrect.

Fact check: Election unlikely to be decided in the House, even if Trump refuses to concede

While all presidential elections have the potential to be decided in the House of Representatives under the Constitution, the post fails to mention key steps needed in order for the election to go to the House. Even if the election results were contested and Trump doesn't concede, experts have agreed that it is unlikely for Trump to win the election this way.

a man in a blue shirt: Voting on Nov. 3, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. © Liz Dufour/USA TODAY Network Voting on Nov. 3, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On voter registration, turnout

Fact check: Wisconsin has more registered voters than ballots cast

The number for registered Wisconsin voters stated by a Facebook image is incorrect. Over 3.6 million voters were registered in the state as of Nov. 1, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which denied there being more ballots than registered voters.

Fact check: Wisconsin turnout in line with past elections, didn't jump 22% as claimed

Turnout is measured as a percentage of eligible voters, not registered voters. Donald Trump Jr.’s figures use eligible voters for the 2016 figure but registered voters for 2020. Using the proper denominator for 2020 shows a turnout around 72%, firmly in the range of past presidential elections.

Fact check: Milwaukee wards did not have more votes for president than registered voters

The numbers cited by Milwaukee City Wire do not match data from the Milwaukee County clerk’s office, which show the number of registered voters exceeded ballots cast.

Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election

Updated data and individual state reporting show no state had more than 100% voter turnout for the 2020 election. The implication that Democrats doctored election results to show higher turnout than possible is based off outdated data that has since been updated.

Fact check: There was strong Navajo support for Biden, but numbers cited in claim have changed

The statistics in the social media posts are inaccurate – possibly because they came from an article that cited returns before the full vote count was in. However, it is true that among the three Arizona counties that overlap the Navajo Nation, the vote went 58% to Biden and 42% to Trump, with some individual precincts on the Navajo Nation up to 90% for Biden.

Fact check: Dominion voting machines didn't delete votes from Trump, switch them to Biden

A national election security coalition announced on Thursday that "there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised." Other experts and Dominion itself also condemned the claims.

Fact check: Dual language ballots create confusion in Georgia's Gwinnett County data

The Voting Rights Act ensures language assistance to individuals not proficient in English by providing electoral material and other information in their native language. Gwinnett County meets the thresholds to require electoral material in another language due to its sizable Latino or Hispanic population. Single ballots are thus printed on two sheets, one in English and one in Spanish, which are both counted in the county's election summary results and cannot be omitted under federal law.

Fact check: North Carolina vote total for governor didn't exceed ballots cast

Our research of the official vote tally shows the assertion that only 4.5 million votes were cast is wrong, rendering moot any issue about a purported half-million or more "extra" votes. The vote totals for two gubernatorial candidates are correct for the time the claim was made, but they are incomplete, missing three candidates. Any suggestions of fraud are baseless

Fact check: Kanye West, other third-party candidates, not leading in Kentucky voting

The screenshot showing a number of third-party presidential candidates leading at the polls in Kentucky depicts fake election results. Kanye West has not received 40,000 votes in Kentucky.

Processing mail-in and absentee ballots on Nov. 4, 2020, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. © Matt Slocum/AP Processing mail-in and absentee ballots on Nov. 4, 2020, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Claims of discarded, destructed ballots

Fact check: Trump ballots were not thrown out as claimed by fake poll worker

Instagram user @omg_seabass, who claimed to be an Erie County poll worker, is not in any way associated with the county, and the claim has been denied by Carl J. Anderson III, the chair of Erie County's Board of Elections. Additionally, poll workers do not have access to marked-up ballots in a way that would allow disposal.

Fact check: False claim that viral video shows Trump ballots being burned

City officials in Virginia Beach, Virginia, have confirmed that a video shows sample ballots. There is no evidence that ballots burning in a viral video were real ballots.

Fact check: Partly false claim about discarded ballots in Pennsylvania amplified by Eric Trump

It is true that nine military ballots were incorrectly discarded in a dumpster — seven of which were cast for President Donald Trump — were incorrectly discarded in a dumpster, but the incident was an error by a contractor, not evidence of cheating. The Pennsylvania secretary of state also stated that the situation was not "intentional fraud."

Fact check: Post about stolen – and returned – Arizona ballots lacks context

It’s true that stolen ballots were found under a rock in Arizona. But the ballots had not yet been opened or filled out, and all 18 of the stolen ballots were returned to the voters three days prior to Election Day.

Fact check: Viral video claiming to show 'shredded mail-in ballots' is of printing waste

A company confirmed that the video is of printing waste, not ballots that were not delivered. The applications are blank, not "for Trump."

Fact check: False claim that photo of discarded mail shows ballots cast for Trump

Seven discarded ballots for Trump were found in Pennsylvania after an error by a temporary contractor, not the U.S. Postal Service. Based on our research, the claim that a photo shows mail-in ballots cast for President Donald Trump discarded on the side of a road is false, and our research did not reveal discarded Trump ballots in California or Texas.

Fact check: 2018 empty mail-in ballot envelopes in California dumpster spur false fraud claims

Sonoma County officials confirmed that the photos on social media are of old empty envelopes from the November 2018 election and were recycled after the state's mandated 22-month ballot preservation period.

a group of people in a room: Poll workers count absentee ballots for the city of Detroit at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. © Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press Poll workers count absentee ballots for the city of Detroit at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

On absentee, early voting

Fact check: False QAnon claim that Trump secretly watermarked mail-in ballots to prove fraud

A QAnon-adjacent conspiracy theory claims President Donald Trump had mail-in ballots secretly watermarked to prove Democrats committed fraud, but federal officials and ballot printers confirmed to USA TODAY that's impossible. Mail-in ballots are designed by local governments and ordered from private printers.

Fact check: Wisconsin clerks followed guidance in place since 2016 about witnesses and absentee ballots

The claim that the Wisconsin Election Commission may have violated state law by allowing clerks to "fix" ballots is missing context, because the policy in question has been in place since 2016, without objection, was brought forth by Republicans and was unanimously passed by a nonpartisan commission.

Fact check: Mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day will count in some states

Some states won't count ballots received after Election Day, but many have extensions that allow for ballots to arrive and be counted after Nov. 3.

Fact check: Michigan governor encourages voters to drop off ballots, not mail them

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told voters to deliver their ballots in person, but she never explicitly told voters not to mail their ballots. At the time the claim was made, on Oct. 19, experts nationwide concurred that it was too late to rely on the mail to deliver ballots on time.

Fact check: Pennsylvania mail-in votes need 2 envelopes to be counted

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that officials can reject ballots that aren't properly enclosed in the required envelopes, and the state's secretary of state further confirmed the information is in an online voter guide. This claim is true.

Click here for more general fact checks on voting by mail.

a man holding a sign: Workers process ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at the City of Milwaukee Central Count Facility, 501 W. Michigan Ave. in Milwaukee, Wis. Split into three shifts, tabulators are positioned in pods of around 50 people to limit the amount of interaction among the hundreds working there because of the coronavirus. © Mark Hoffman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/ USA TODAY Network Workers process ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at the City of Milwaukee Central Count Facility, 501 W. Michigan Ave. in Milwaukee, Wis. Split into three shifts, tabulators are positioned in pods of around 50 people to limit the amount of interaction among the hundreds working there because of the coronavirus.

On poll workers, challengers and electors

Fact check: Viral video shows Pennsylvania poll workers fixing damaged ballots

County officials confirmed that workers were fixing damaged ballots and the video has been manipulated to crop out bipartisan observers who witnessed the process. The damaged ballots have been preserved, and Pennsylvania's Election Code states damaged ballots must be duplicated.

Fact check: Videos showing crowd locked out of Detroit TCF Center with windows obstructed are missing context

Viral videos depict crowds of challengers stuck outside Detroit's TCF Center as election workers count ballots inside behind obstructed windows. Statements from officials and witnesses clarify that Republican challengers were not more frequently denied entry, and the TCF Center's windows were covered because election workers felt intimidated.

Fact check: State legislatures choose electors, but electors vote how state dictates

It is true the Constitution grants state legislatures the power to choose electors for the Electoral College. But it is false to suggest that legislatures retain this authority after a popular vote on Election Day.  A "safe harbor" provision of the Electoral Count Act dictates changing the slate of electors after election day is a violation of federal law.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Poll workers take an oath before counting absentee ballots for the city of Detroit at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. © Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press / USA TODAY Network Poll workers take an oath before counting absentee ballots for the city of Detroit at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Claims of dead voters

Fact check: False claim that deceased Michigan man voted in 2020

While the screenshots posted to social media are real and can be replicated, Michigan’s Secretary of State's office debunked the claim as “misinformation,” and USA TODAY found evidence to support that.

Fact check: Lawsuit alleging errors in Detroit voter rolls was in 2019 and was settled

The report of a lawsuit alleging errors in Detroit voter rolls was accurate, but the posts fail to note that the case was filed in December and settled in June. It was not an issue in the 2020 election.

Fact check: No evidence vote was cast in Joe Frazier's name

There is no evidence to support this, and numerous election and county officials have confirmed that there is no evidence that dead people voted in Philadelphia.

Fact check: No evidence that 14,000 dead people cast ballots in Wayne County, Michigan

The list has been investigated and it was found that some individuals on the list were either still alive, or not living in Michigan. Other examples cited were the result of date of birth errors. Ballots cast by dead people in Michigan are rejected and there is no evidence of fraud.

Fact check: Claim that Pennsylvania case is proof of ‘dead people’ voting is under investigation

While Pennsylvania’s ballot tracker does show a recorded mail-in ballot for a Denise Ondick, county officials have yet to determine this was an instance of voter fraud. Moreover, experts say voter fraud involving the deceased is rare.

Fact check: Thousands of ballots were not sent to dead people or pets in Nevada, Virginia

About 500,000 voters in Virginia were sent vote-by-mail applications, not an actual ballot, that included incorrect return addresses. In Nevada, ballots for the primary election were returned due to a change of address. Election officials have not mailed absentee ballots in Nevada. Virginia started mailing absentee ballots on Sept. 18.

On 'Sharpiegate'

Fact check: Sharpie is 'perfectly fine' for Michigan ballots. In some counties, it is 'preferred.'

Multiple election officials confirmed that filling out ballots with a blue or black Sharpie is acceptable – and in some cases, even "preferred."

Fact check: Arizona election departments confirm Sharpies can be used on ballots

The Maricopa County Elections Department confirmed that Sharpies are preferred for filling out ballots. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has also confirmed that ballots marked with Sharpie pens would be counted.

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Fact check: False claim that George Soros arrested for election-related crimes .
Claims that George Soros has been arrested are false. They were based on a doctored version of an indictment brought against six hackers in October.Some claimed false associations between Soros and Moderna, one of the companies working to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Others baselessly claimed  he helped to finance and transport protesters to Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

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