Does This Video From Georgia Shows Suitcases Filled With Ballots Pulled From Under A Table After Poll Workers Left?
By now, it is no longer news that the concluded American election came with strains and deep polarization. Since Joe Biden was declared winner and Trump keeps making claims of election fraud, the world of news and information has been filled with ballot misinformation. Most of these claims are unfounded, have no source whatsoever, and are usually manipulated.
For example, a viral video shared on YouTube, by a channel with the name Donald J Trump, claims to have found suitcases filled with ballots in Georgia, pulled from under a table after poll workers had left. The claim is untrue, unfounded, and manipulated. The said video has been seen over 500,000 times, with comments easily swayed by the manipulation.
The video, which was commented on by Trump’s legal team head, Rudy Giuliani, on Twitter, was part of the evidence presented at a hearing. It was described as a “Bank Heist Election Fraud”. But when investigated, the claim was found to be untrue by Georgia's Secretary of State's office. The evidence was eventually turned down.
Investigations carried out revealed nothing suspicious. According to Daily Mail, in the video were two high-level officials with the Georgia secretary of state's office and a state elections board monitor, each said investigations revealed 'nothing suspicious in the video.'
All of the fraud rumors about the concluded election have so far been debunked by the Rumor Control section of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). From ballot handling procedures to voting systems, from pre-election activities to post-election, all the facts are there for public confidence.
By the foregoing, the viral video can be seen as manipulative, intentionally misconstrued, and utterly misleading. It has all the elements of hurting public confidence. It is both misinformed and disinforming.