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#SharpieGate is fake. Ballots are not ‘magically’ found. Biden did not win all mail-in votes in Michigan.

Misinformation running rampant online

In this Nov. 3, 2020, photo, a worker scans and tabulate ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in Doral, Fla. As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. While they could share in the possibility of a Biden victory, as other battleground states continue to tally votes, the soul searching and second-guessing has begun amid another high-profile loss at the ballot box. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
In this Nov. 3, 2020, photo, a worker scans and tabulate ballots at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in Doral, Fla. As election postmortems go, the one that began in Florida Wednesday was especially wrenching for Democrats. While they could share in the possibility of a Biden victory, as other battleground states continue to tally votes, the soul searching and second-guessing has begun amid another high-profile loss at the ballot box. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Fake claims about the 2020 Election are flooding social media -- as expected.

On Election Day, misinformation was on the quiet side, but as the U.S. waits for votes for be counted, false theories, claims, images, videos and posts have flooded social media.

We can’t check every single thing on the internet, because there are not enough hours in the day. But here are some of the bigger ones:

#SharpieGate

As votes continue to be counted in Arizona, viral social media posts suggest that election officials in Maricopa County provided voters with Sharpie pens, which interfered with ballots being recorded, specifically those for President Donald Trump.

Arizona election officials say that voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on the votes being recorded by tabulation machines, and if there was an issue, there is a process that would keep the ballots from being canceled out. The Maricopa County Elections Department tweeted on Election Day that voting centers use Sharpies so that ink does not smudge when ballots are counted.

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Even in Michigan, the rumor made it to the Kent County Clerk, who also debunked the posts. “Sharpies are the preferred device of our election equipment vendor. Black or blue pen also acceptable for proper tabulating. Bleed through is not a concern as ballots are programmed to ignore bleed.”


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