Disinfo: There was widespread fraud at the 2020 US Presidential election

Summary

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 However, the voter registration numbers listed in the table are based on outdated statistics from the US Census Bureau, whereas the "Projected Votes" column cites 2020 election data.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.

The vote count in Detroit was not hidden from observers, and the use of cardboard screens was certainly not designed to conceal improper practices. On the contrary, according to an attorney for the City of Detroit, the view of the ballot-counting area was partially restricted out of "concern [that] voter information could be wrongfully revealed to the public. Those concerns were compounded by the fact that protesters standing outside the ballot-counting area were taking photographs and recording video."

Lastly, the claim that the number of votes cast in Wisconsin exceeded the total number of the state's residents is false and, just like the above-mentioned allegations concerning voter turnout, based on outdated numbers. See here for up-to-date voter registration statistics for Wisconsin, and here for additional debunking by the BBC.

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Democracy, Manipulated elections/referendum, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Elections

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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".

CNN and Fox news are pro-Biden and lie all the time, their watchers cannot vote knowingly

Fox News is very, very criticised by a lot of people here (US) precisely because on election night it attributed Arizona to Joe Biden when only 70% of the ballots had been counted in Arizona. There are demonstrations against Fox News denouncing them as well as CNN. CNN is no longer a news channel worthy of the name. There are lies all the time, it’s a big deal. For democracy to work, people must be able to vote knowingly. There are news channels that no longer practice information. There is no longer any possibility for those who watch these channels to vote knowingly.

Disproof

Message aims at undermining the confidence in US news channels and CNN in particular during the US 2020 Presidential elections.

News Guard rates Fox News as 69.5/100 (This website generally maintains basic standards of credibility and transparency -with significant exceptions) and CNN 87.5/100 (This website mostly adheres to basic standards of credibility and transparency).