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Debunking Trump’s Latest Arizona Election Claims

Debunking Trump’s Latest Arizona Election Claims

After a contractor hired by state Senate Republicans to look into the results of the 2020 Arizona election provided an update on its findings at a legislative hearing on July 15, former President Donald Trump issued a series of false and misleading statements about what it has uncovered.

Myth of Ballot Watermarks Flushed Out Again  

Myth of Ballot Watermarks Flushed Out Again   

An audit of ballots and a forensic audit of voting equipment earlier this year found no problems in the 2020 elections in Maricopa County, Arizona. But debunked claims about voter fraud revealed by secret “watermarks” are flowing again on social media amid a Republican-led audit. County officials say no watermarks were used on the ballots.

Sharpie Ballots Count in Arizona

Sharpie Ballots Count in Arizona

The falsehood that votes for President Donald Trump weren’t counted in Arizona because the ballots were filled out with Sharpie pens spread widely on the day after the election. But the county where the claim originated actually recommends that voters use fine tip Sharpies to fill out their ballots.

A Guide to the Candidates’ Claims

A Guide to the Candidates’ Claims

This is a guide to key stories we did during the 2020 election between Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

Trump’s Partisan Spin on Reopening States

Trump’s Partisan Spin on Reopening States

President Trump falsely contrasted COVID-19 policies in two Western states, claiming Republican-led Arizona is open but Democratic-led Nevada is closed. Both states are in similar stages of reopening.

Photo of Man in Halloween Costume Isn’t Mark Kelly

Photo of Man in Halloween Costume Isn’t Mark Kelly

Social media posts, including one retweeted by Donald Trump Jr., falsely claim that a yearbook photo shows Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly dressed as Hitler for Halloween. Kelly’s campaign and several of his former classmates told FactCheck.org that the photo is not of Kelly.

CBS News Didn’t Misrepresent Trump Gathering as a Biden Event

CBS News Didn’t Misrepresent Trump Gathering as a Biden Event

Social media posts are using an image of a CBS News report to accuse the network of misrepresenting a campaign event for President Donald Trump as one for former Vice President Joe Biden. That’s false. The report’s voiceover was discussing the Trump campaign while the photo was on the screen.

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Joe Arpaio Not Named to Replace John McCain

Joe Arpaio Not Named to Replace John McCain

Q: Was Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff, appointed to finish John McCain’s term in the Senate?

A: No. That claim is made up — the Arizona governor has not yet named a replacement.