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Viral Video Shows Burning of Sample Ballots, Not Trump Votes

Viral Video Shows Burning of Sample Ballots, Not Trump Votes

A video spread widely on social media falsely purports to show a man burning 80 ballots cast for President Donald Trump. The ballots shown in the video are sample ballots from Virginia Beach, Virginia — as evidenced by the absence of the bar code found on actual ballots — city officials said.

Misinformation Outlasts Virginia Gun Bill

Misinformation Outlasts Virginia Gun Bill

A Virginia bill that would have banned the sale of “assault firearms” has been tabled for a year, but misinformation about it continues to circulate online — including a false claim that the state will confiscate guns.

Meme Misquotes Virginia Governor on Abortion Bill

Meme Misquotes Virginia Governor on Abortion Bill

A meme misquotes Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on a proposed abortion bill that aims to address nonviable pregnancies and severe fetal abnormalities. Northam, a pediatric neurologist, supports the bill, but the meme falsely implies he condones infanticide.

Virginia Bill Wouldn’t Criminalize Criticism

Virginia Bill Wouldn’t Criminalize Criticism

Online headlines falsely claim that Virginia lawmakers want to make criticizing state officials a “criminal offense.” The bill doesn’t create new offenses. It would merely allow cases of threats or harassment against some state officials to be prosecuted in Richmond.

Erroneous Claim of ‘End of Youth Hunting’ in Virginia

Erroneous Claim of ‘End of Youth Hunting’ in Virginia

Posts on Facebook wrongly claim that Virginia has “announced the end of youth hunting.” The state’s Department of Game & Inland Fisheries confirmed that there have been “no such changes” in state laws, and scheduled youth hunting days remain on the calendar.

Misleading Ads from Leading GOP PAC

Misleading Ads from Leading GOP PAC

Congressional Leadership Fund, the highest-spending super PAC seeking to sway House races in the upcoming midterms, has been flooding TV airwaves around the country with ads attacking Democrats running in close races. But we found that some of those ads are misleading.

Ed Gillespie’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Attacks

Ed Gillespie’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Attacks

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie is airing a misleading TV ad in Virginia that says Democrat Ralph Northam was the “deciding vote” in “favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the streets.”

What ‘China’ Ads in Virginia Race Omit

What ‘China’ Ads in Virginia Race Omit

Television ads in the Virginia governor’s race criticize Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for his role on a state economic development board. But there is less here than meets the eye.

Video: Trump’s Charlottesville Revisionism

Video: Trump’s Charlottesville Revisionism

In this fact-checking video, CNN’s Jake Tapper and FactCheck.org examine the comments that President Donald Trump made to supporters in Arizona about the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.