As states across the
In what's come to be known as #Sharpiegate, social media posts suggest that election officials in
Here’s a look at the facts:
CLAIM: Votes were eliminated in
THE FACTS: As Democratic presidential candidate
“New offset columns on the ballots means bleed through won’t impact your vote!” they tweeted in an informational video.
One video with more than 821,000 views showed a woman speaking about how four different polling places were using Sharpies and a man asks her if “those ballots are not being counted” and “are invalid.”
“They are invalidating votes is what they are doing,” the man says. He went on to suggest voters use a ballpoint pen instead.
“People are coming here to vote for
“If a voter’s ballot is listed as canceled, it usually means the voter made an additional ballot request if they needed to have their original ballot replaced,” Solis said. “Depending on when they returned their replacement ballot, that ballot is most likely still being processed by the county.”
According to the state’s election procedures manual, a ballot review board duplicates ballots that cannot be read by the machine in cases where they are damaged or smudged with ink.
Videos making the false claim about Sharpies were also widely shared on TikTok. TikTok said the claims on invalidated ballots violated its policy against misleading information around the elections and would be removed. Facebook said it has blocked the Sharpiegate hashtag on its platform and pointed to fact checks on the matter by its outside fact-checkers, including The Associated Press.
While election officials took to social media to debunk the Sharpie rumors, others in
A woman in the
She is seeking a court order that all
AP Technology Writer