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Politics Fact check: False claim that 'fake votes' found during recount in Dane County, Wis.

22:15  30 november  2020
22:15  30 november  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Wisconsin recount of the 2020 election ballots is currently underway. According to our source on the ground: More than 2,000 fake votes were found at the Wisconsin Recount in Dane County on Friday!

% of readers think this story is Fact . Add your two cents. The fraudulent signatures were on “indefinitely confined” ballots, which are the only ballots that do not require an ID check to obtain by WI state law. COVID is not a legally allowed as an excuse to claim indefinite confinement.

The claim: Thousands of fake votes found at Wisconsin recount in Dane County

a group of people sitting at a table: FILE - Election workers, right, verify ballots as recount observers, left, watch during a Milwaukee hand recount of presidential votes at the Wisconsin Center, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee. Wisconsin finished a partial recount of its presidential results on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: NYPS210 © Nam Y. Huh, AP FILE - Election workers, right, verify ballots as recount observers, left, watch during a Milwaukee hand recount of presidential votes at the Wisconsin Center, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee. Wisconsin finished a partial recount of its presidential results on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 confirming Democrat Joe Biden's victory over President Donald Trump in the key battleground state. Trump vowed to challenge the outcome in court. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: NYPS210

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The Wisconsin recount of 2020 election ballots is currently underway in Wisconsin . According to our source on the ground: Thousands of fake votes were These initials were found on thousands of “ votes ” by “indefinitely confined” people. Joe Biden reportedly won Wisconsin after a huge dump of

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We saw a classic example of this in the latest baseless Gateway Pundit story about Wisconsin vote counting.

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The far-right purveyor of election misinformation published a story Nov. 28 with this headline: “BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: THOUSANDS of fake votes found at Wisconsin Recount in Dane County – Photos and Report from GOP Observer.”

The story — which also linked to a long-since debunked claim about a “dump” of votes for Democrat Joe Biden in the middle of the night — contained nothing approaching proof of this claim.

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The closest thing to proof presented in the story is a sentence saying the signature (actually referring to initials) MLW was used on the “fake votes.”

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It then shows a picture of a ballot with those initials.

But those initials are under a section titled “Absentee ballot issued by.” It’s where the issuing clerk puts their initials on every ballot. The Madison city clerk is Maribeth L. Witzel-Behl — in line with the initials cited in the story.

In other words, those repeated initials are exactly what and where you would expect to find repeated initials on thousands of ballots.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell confirmed in an email the initials are simply those of the Madison clerk.

When asked for proof that this picture showed votes were fake, Gateway Pundit Editor Jim Hoft changed the headline within minutes to say the votes were “suspect” rather than fake. And he added a line to the story saying, “Madison County attorneys contacted The Gateway Pundit to say the ballots were signed by the city clerk in Madison, Wisconsin.”

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Also, dane and Milwaukee are extremely democratic, recounts usually add votes . Our recount has shown that democrats should have won by 100,000 more votes in each of these states, therefore we argue that democratic votes were inaccurate and must be thrown out completely!

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Of course, Hoft didn’t pass along this information to readers until he was challenged on the matter, and after the story had collected thousands of social media shares and comments.

Aside from bungling the location — Madison is a city in Dane County — Hoft’s change points out the obvious reason for the repeated initials, while still asserting there is something underhanded about the ballots – which there isn’t.

Hoft did not offer any other proof of his amended claim in the story or an email exchange.

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Our rating: False

We rate this claim FALSE because it is not supported by our research. Two versions of this story claimed initials proved "fake" or "suspect" votes were discovered during the recent recount in Dane County, Wis. Neither claim has any basis in reality.

The repeated initials aren’t those of a voter; they’re initials of the clerk who issued the absentee ballots. That’s not sketchy; it’s just a basic element of how elections are administered.

Our fact-check sources:

  • Gateway Pundit, Nov. 28, "BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: THOUSANDS of fake votes found at Wisconsin Recount in Dane County – Photos and Report from GOP Observer (archived version)
  • City of Madison, Wis., accessed Nov. 30, City Clerk's Office - Contact
  • Email exchange with Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, Nov. 30, 2020
  • Email exchange with Gateway Pundit Editor Jim Hoft, Nov. 30, 2020

Contact Eric Litke at (414) 225-5061 or elitke@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ericlitke.

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