FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Ballots Cast For Trump Discarded In Oklahoma?

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Ballots Cast For Trump Discarded In Oklahoma?


A viral Instagram post purportedly shows ballots cast for President Donald Trump torn up and thrown in the trash in Oklahoma.

Verdict: False

The video shows spoiled ballots upon which voters had mistakenly marked two candidates for the same race, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board. The spoiled ballots were disposed with the voter’s consent prior to being issued a new ballot.

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Fact Check:

The Instagram post claims it shows “proof of trashed ballots” and says it is the “moral obligation” of “Christian’s (sic) and Americans to share!” The video features two men going through a bag full of ballots allegedly discarded at St. Anne Church, identified by them as a polling place in Oklahoma for the Nov. 3 presidential election. The men in the video claim they stumbled upon the ballots when they were taking out the trash after attending a wedding at the church.

However, the Oklahoma State Election Board debunked the video in a Twitter thread, identifying them as spoiled ballots “where the voter mistakenly marked more than one option in a race.” The pictured ballots are not evidence of election fraud.

FACT CHECK: This video is from pct

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