Disinfo: The US election is rigged

Summary

Judging by the situation in the United States, you have to elect in the following way:

– for a whole year bombard the population with polls far from reality, where the Democratic candidate simply knocks outs his competitor;

– send out an unknown number of ballots by mail, so that later they can be counted uncontrollably;

– do not allow OSCE observers to visit some polling stations;

– in states where the current President was confidently leading, suddenly show that 100% of the ballots that arrived by mail are votes for his competitor;

– register deceased voters and indicate a higher number of voters than the actual number of citizens eligible for voting.

Disproof

Although the article is presented as an opinion, it summarises the variety of false and already debunked claims presenting them as objective information.

Thus, the "dead people's voting", claimed on social media and then in Russian State media, is debunked by Michigan's State Department. The claim about the indication of "a higher number of voters than the actual number of citizens eligible for voting" came from a misinterpretation when the number of voters in 2020 was mixed up with a number of voters of 2018 interim Congress election.

The OSCE did observe the US elections. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) deployed an election observation activity for the 3 November 2020 general elections in the United States.

In general, Russian State media carry out a disinformation campaign on the US election. See more examples of disinformation cases and their debunking.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Donald Trump, Joe Biden

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There was widespread fraud at the 2020 US Presidential election

Voter turnout during the election beat not just historical, but even mathematical records. Turnout in Florida, Wisconsin, and Nevada reached 102%, 101%, and 125% respectively.

In Detroit, the view of the vote-counting process was obstructed with cardboard screens.

In Wisconsin, the number of votes cast exceeded the number of the state’s residents by 100,000.

Disproof

The story is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative seeking to delegitimise the conduct and results of the 2020 US Presidential election.

The allegation that turnout exceeded 100% in multiple states is false, and is likely based on a widely shared social media post. The post includes a table which purportedly demonstrates impossibly high turnout in eight different states, and thus suggests that election results in those states were obtained fraudulently. However, the voter registration numbers listed in the table are based on outdated statistics from the US Census Bureau, whereas the "Projected Votes" column cites 2020 election data. See further debunking of this claim by AFP and Snopes.

Massive fraud in the US 2020 Presidential elections

There has been massive fraud that has two stages.

First, sending more than 80 million ballots to people who had not requested them, under the pretext of coronavirus. Those who moved from one state to another received ballots which allowed them to vote in one state and another. There are people who have died and received ballots at their homes.

Second, there was a round of fraud on election night. The counts in several states were stopped in the evening when Donald Trump was going to win. Then miraculously, ballots appeared a little later. 100,000 ballots in Wisconsin, 138,000 ballots in Michigan and tens of thousands of ballots in Pennsylvania.

In the state of Nevada there is evidence that dead people voted and that immigrants who are not US citizens were able to vote. Over 3000 immigrant bulletins have been discovered. Donald Trump’s lawyers are gathering the evidence and will present it to the judges.

 

Disproof

Disinformation message aiming at denting the legitimacy of the elected US president Joe Biden.

So far no evidence of massive fraud have been presented except rumours. Several reliable sources debunked the massive fraud claims : the BBC, The Guardian, the New York Times, Forbes, Le Monde.

About two million of dead people voted for Biden

Voting by mail allows cheating. Dead souls that are among Biden’s supporters, understandably, always vote by mail. The number of dead people discovered during the voting is estimated at two million. 1.8 million, specifies the American conservative public organisation Judicial Watch and gives examples of electoral districts where there are more names on the voter lists than living citizens with the right to vote.

State voter lists are updated so infrequently that ballots are issued to those who have died a long time ago. And after all, dead people voted. Donna Brydges, born in 1901, is dead. But the system shows that the 119-year-old voter has made a choice. In Pennsylvania, 20,000 ballots were distributed to the dead people.

A collage is popular on the web: Biden in the cemetery says “thank you for voting”. While exploring the Michigan Electoral Commission website, American voters discovered the concept of “dead souls.” For example, William Bradley. He received the ballot, sent it, and his vote was counted. The man is born in 1902. How many more of these votes did Biden get? Searching another database reveals that William Bradley died back in 1984.

Disproof

The voter named William Bradley is alive and is 61 years old, fact check by USA Today shows. He has the same name and the same address, as his ancestor born in 1902, explains Meduza.

The claim of dead people's voting is misinformation, as explained by Michigan's Department of State: "Deceased voters' ballots are not counted. Ballots of voters who have died are rejected in Michigan, even if the voter cast an absentee ballot and then died before Election Day. On rare occasions, a ballot received for a living voter may be recorded in a way that makes it appear as if the voter is dead. This can be because of voters with similar names, where the ballot is accidentally recorded as voted by John Smith Sr when it was actually voted by John Smith Jr; or because of inaccurately recorded birth dates in the qualified voter file; for example, someone born in 1990 accidentally recorded as born in 1890. In such scenarios, no one ineligible has actually voted, and there is no impact on the outcome of the election. Local clerks can correct the issue when it is brought to their attention".