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Ballot Processing Continues in Closely Watched States Amid Unfounded Claims of Fraud

Ballot Processing Continues in Closely Watched States Amid Unfounded Claims of Fraud

Close Senate races are underway in some states that have different laws regarding ballot deadlines and tabulation. But some high-profile Republicans — including former President Donald Trump — have suggested, without any evidence, that “they” are trying to “cheat.” Officials in those states say they are simply trying to count every legitimate vote.

Posts Falsely Claim to Show Hobbs in Arizona Election Tabulation Room

Posts Falsely Claim to Show Hobbs in Arizona Election Tabulation Room

An image shared on social media shows a woman with glasses and brown hair in an Arizona ballot tabulation room. The posts falsely identify the woman as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, who is the secretary of state, implying that Hobbs was illegally influencing the count. The woman pictured is an election observer, not Hobbs.

Viral Video Spouts Baseless Claim About Early Voting in Arizona

Viral Video Spouts Baseless Claim About Early Voting in Arizona

Millions of Arizona voters requested ballots to vote early in the 2022 election. Early voting results cannot be released until after the election, and ballot security measures prevent widespread voter fraud. Yet a viral video advises Republicans not to vote early, making the baseless claim that it could show Democrats how many votes they need “to fake” to win.