132,000 “Likely Ineligible” Ballots Found In Georgia?
A recent viral tweet claims that 132,000 ballots have been found in Fulton County, Georgia. The tweet states that the ballots are marked with a change of address flags and are likely ineligible. The tweet was made by Peoples_Pundit, also known as Richard Baris, a data journalist, and director of Big Data Poll. The tweet has over 7 thousand retweets currently and was widely shared on social media, including Facebook. Kyle Becker, an associate producer, and writer at Fox News retweeted the claim. Becker’s tweet has over 11 thousand retweets currently. Becker subsequently clarified that the source of the claim is Peoples_Pundit and not himself.
Baris cites screenshots of two queries entered into a Georgia database as evidence for his claim. The first query lists 842,486 unique individuals in the database and includes those with a “change of address” flag. The second query lists 710,454 unique individuals while excluding the “change of address” flag. The difference between the two numbers is 132,032 and the basis for the claim.
However, the tweet does not contain the name of this database or any links to verify this information. Baris also does not list any source or indicate that this has been vetted by any county official.
Fact-checking website Politifact.com investigated the claim and contacted Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez, director of external affairs for Fulton County government, who stated that the claim is “completely unsubstantiated”. A county spokeswoman also stated that the claims are “false and baseless”. Furthermore, Georgia Lt. Gov Geoff Duncan, a Republican, stated on CNN the next day that no credible examples of voter fraud have been found in Georgia.
As there is no credible evidence to support the claim regarding the 132,000 ballots and county officials vehemently deny it, the claim is false.