Campaign 2: Mail-in votes

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Reporter

Colleen Burns

July 3, 2020

Summary

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What is the misinformation?

On June 28, President Trump tweeted about fraudulent mail-in votes in Patterson, New Jersey. The 19% statistic he used is misinformation. Though those votes were refused, this does NOT imply fraud. As of July 1, 2020 the story was retweeted 40,000 times, has over 6.5 million views, and was picked up by several social media and mainstream news outlets.

What's the truth?

Mail-in voting is not corrupt and is not a fraudulent method of voting. Four states have had mail-in voting as a default method, and the largest state, California, has already scaled mail-in voting without major concerns of voter fraud.

Why does it matter?

Mail-in voting is more important than ever before due to the pandemic, and we want to inform people that mail-in ballots are a safe and necessary way to vote. Spreading misinformation about our elections undermines democracy and reduces voter turnout.

Outreach

We shared our work across different social media platforms in order to empower organizations and individuals to join us in our mission of fighting misinformation. In particular, we targeted individuals and organizations through email and direct messages in order to boost our outreach and expand our network.

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