Don’t believe voter fraud posts on social media

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

The midterms are just about to enter their final stage and politicians, PACs and pundits are in overdrive – but so is the disinformation.

Over the weekend, researchers released information about what they believe is a coordinated effort on Twitter using the hashtag “#VoterFraud.”

They identified 200 accounts that have been tweeting about alleged voter fraud and spreading misinformation. Over the past year, they’ve tweeted or been mentioned in over 140 million tweets.

The problem is that voter fraud historically has been low across the United States, despite it being a popular talking point for politicians, mainly on the right.

One study of over 2,000 public records of elections between 2000 and 2012 found only 6 cases and most instances tend to be due more to clerical error than malicious intent.

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