FACT CHECK: Did Seven Milwaukee City Wards Have Over 100% Voter Turnout?

FACT CHECK: Did Seven Milwaukee City Wards Have Over 100% Voter Turnout?


An image shared on Facebook claims seven voting wards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, had more ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election than registered voters.

Verdict: False

Unofficial election statistics from the Milwaukee County Clerk show that turnout was not above 100 percent in the seven wards listed by Milwaukee City Wire.

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Fact Check:

In the week since the 2020 presidential election, social media has become replete with allegations of voter fraud. This particular Facebook post shares a screen grab of a tweet claiming seven Milwaukee city wards exceeded 100 percent voter turnout. (RELATED: Viral Image Falsely Claims Wisconsin Had More Votes Cast Than Registered Voters)

The tweet quotes a Nov. 4 article published by the Milwaukee City Wire. The article, which has since been updated, claimed that seven wards exceeded 100 percent turnout. The article listed Wards 274, 273, 272, 277, 269, 234 and 312 as having more ballots cast than registered voters, seemingly suggesting voter fraud occurring in them.

However, the numbers are not accurate. Data from the Milwaukee County Clerk’s website shows that turnout did not exceed 100 percent in the seven wards. Here are the numbers of registered voters and, as of Nov.

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