Did A Poll Worker Claim He Threw Away More Than 100 Trump's Vote?
On November 3, 2020, an evidence showing that a poll worker in Pennsylvania’s Erie County has discarded more than 100 ballots in favor of Donald Trump started circulating on social media.
This evidence is in form of an Instagram story and it was posted by a lot of social media users including Patrick Howley, a reporter and writer for NationalFile.com. However, it is false.
The original post can be traced back to an Instagram user who has been identified as Sebastian Machado.
Since then, a video has gone viral, showing a man burning a pile of ballots claimed to be cast for President Donald Trump. The ballots in the video are just sample ballots.
These sample ballots are forms meant to help prepare voters for the election and not actual ballots used to cast November 3 U.S. election votes.
According to the City of Virginia Beach's election brief, at a point in the video, the right side of the ballots are visible showing candidates for City Council in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In a statement, Erie County Board of Elections Chair Carl J. Anderson III said that the County had checked into the claim and that the person making such statements does not work in any way with the County’s election process. He also mentioned that the individual is neither a registered voter nor a resident of Erie County.
Various posts on Facebook and tweets including the one retweeted by Trump’s son had since been taken down following the platforms' dedication to curb the spread of fake news.
The claim that a poll worker in Pennsylvania’s Erie County has discarded over a 100 ballots in favor of Trump based on an Instagram story is false. And that the said person is unaffiliated with Erie County.