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Wisconsin Recount Q&A

Wisconsin Recount Q&A

On the same day that several news organizations called the presidential race in Wisconsin for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the campaign of President Donald Trump announced it would request a recount. How would it work?

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.

Viral Posts Misreport Data on Registered Voters in Wisconsin

Viral Posts Misreport Data on Registered Voters in Wisconsin

Viral posts on Facebook falsely claim there were more votes cast in the 2020 election in Wisconsin than there were registered voters. According to state data, the number of registered voters exceeded the votes cast by nearly 388,000, as of Nov. 1.

Clerical Error Prompts Unfounded Claims About Michigan Results

Clerical Error Prompts Unfounded Claims About Michigan Results

A data input error that briefly showed an unusually large uptick in votes for Joe Biden in Michigan prompted suspicions online and an unfounded claim of voter fraud. The error came down to a typo by a county’s reporting that was quickly corrected.

Trump’s Falsehood-Filled Speech on the Election

Trump’s Falsehood-Filled Speech on the Election

Before all of the votes in the 2020 election were counted, President Donald Trump wrongly claimed victory, calling for “all voting to stop” and claiming continuing to count legally cast votes would “disenfranchise” the people who voted for him.

Bogus Posts Claim ‘Poll Worker’ Tossed Ballots in Pennsylvania

Bogus Posts Claim ‘Poll Worker’ Tossed Ballots in Pennsylvania

A bogus post on Instagram purports to be from an Erie County, Pennsylvania, poll worker who claimed he threw out over 100 pro-Trump ballots. The chair of the Erie County Board of Elections says the man “does not work in any way with Erie County or have any part of Erie County’s election process.”

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.