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Bogus Claim of Voter Fraud in Ohio

Q: Were there “major signs of voter fraud” in Ohio’s congressional special election?

A: No. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office says there have been no reports of voter fraud.

Stories Conflate Immigration Issues

Q: Did the Obama administration separate “72,410 Children From Their Families in 2013”?

A: That’s the number of immigrants removed that year who had U.S.-born children. But viral stories wrongly conflate removals with President Trump’s zero tolerance policy.

Jennifer Garner Supported Hillary Clinton

Q: Did actress Jennifer Garner say, “I’m joining Trump train”?

A: There is no evidence of that. Garner supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

Noncitizens Get Narrow Access to Polls in San Francisco

Q: Has San Francisco given noncitizens “the right to vote in elections”?

A: Yes, but only in San Francisco school board elections and only for parents, guardians or legal caregivers of children in the city’s schools.

False Headline Revives Voter Fraud Claim

Q:  Did Fox News reveal that President Obama rigged the 2016 election with “4 million illegal votes”?

A: No. That falsehood is based on a pre-election interview with an election lawyer who discussed the possibility of votes being cast on behalf of dead people.

No Evidence Lisa Page Blamed Hacking on China

Q: Did former FBI attorney Lisa Page tell House lawmakers that China, not Russia, was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee?

A: There’s no evidence of that. Page’s attorney said stories making that claim are “completely false” and that Page testified that the “evidence demonstrated Russian interference in the election.”

YourNewsWire Hawks False Fraud Headline

Q: Is the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, “facing fraud charges”?

A: No. Two separate cases accuse Puerto Rico officials of misusing government funds, but Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz isn’t involved.

Antifa Crackdown a Proposal, Not Law

Q: Is joining antifa now illegal and “punishable by 15 years in prison”?

A: No. A headline on a website known for distorting news incorrectly describes a House bill. It has not become law and it would not make joining antifa illegal.