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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 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.

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.

Revived Political Post Falsely Attributed, Again, to Clint Eastwood

Revived Political Post Falsely Attributed, Again, to Clint Eastwood

Facebook users falsely claim a post critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was written by actor Clint Eastwood. A nearly identical post aimed at former President Barack Obama — and also misattributed to Eastwood — has circulated since 2013.

Viral Posts Take Biden Quote on Voter Fraud Out of Context

Viral Posts Take Biden Quote on Voter Fraud Out of Context

Social media posts shared by Eric Trump and Fox News host Jeanine Pirro take a quote by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden out of context to claim he “admits to voter fraud.” Biden was actually describing his efforts to prevent voter fraud and suppression.

Trump’s Misleading Attacks on Biden Over Fracking

Trump’s Misleading Attacks on Biden Over Fracking

President Trump and his allies continue to ignore Joe Biden’s written plan to only prohibit permits for new oil and gas drilling on federal land and waters. That plan would allow for extraction methods to continue under existing permits and in nonfederal areas.

Biden Hasn’t Suspended In-Person Campaigning

Biden Hasn’t Suspended In-Person Campaigning

A false claim on social media suggests former Vice President Joe Biden has stopped all in-person campaigning until the election. He has plans to visit several states before Nov. 3.