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Fact-checking Trump campaign ad implying fraud in Georgia


#In a #Trump campaign ad which ran on #Fox #News, a voiceover claims poll workers in #Georgia pulled out trunks of ballots from overwhelmingly #Democrat precincts after election observers went home. The ad shows footage of poll workers from election night in #Fulton #County, a #Democratic stronghold which includes #Atlanta.

The ad further claims that neighboring “#DeKalb #County cannot find chain of custody documents,” citing an article from the #Georgia #Star #News, a digital newspaper, published on #December 5.

#Following both these claims, the ad asks supporters to text FRAUD to a #Team #Trump phone number and demand their legislators “hear the evidence.”

#Facts #First: These claims are misleading, at best.

#While ballot bins were pulled from under a table at a ballot counting location in #Fulton #County at a time when observers were no longer present, after reviewing the footage, state and county officials determined the events in the video were part of the normal process, not fraud. #This theory was also included as an example of fraud in a brief filed by the #Texas #Attorney #General that the US #Supreme #Court declined to consider.
#When asked about the ad’s claims, #DeKalb #County provided CNN with the chain of custody documents in question. A communications consultant hired by #DeKalb #County told CNN the ad’s claim “lacks merit” as they “produced the same in response to open records requests,” including from the #Georgia #Star. The #Georgia #Star article cited in the ad suggested the county could not find the documents because in response to their #Open #Records #Request they were told that “it has not yet been determined if responsive records to your request exist.”
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#However, at the time, county officials pre-emptively explained that any such delay in finding and providing responsive records was because remote working conditions and the #Department of #Voting, #Registration and #Election’s workload had impacted their response time.



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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/31/politics/trump-campaign-ga-ad-fact-check/index.html

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