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As election results poured in early Nov. 4, conservative accounts on social media heavily pushed a faulty claim that a large “trove” of ballots in Michigan was “found” and that they all went to former Vice President Joe Biden.
But in reality, the numbers cited were the result of a typo that was made by a Michigan county as it reported unofficial results. It was quickly corrected.
The underlying claim amplified by Trump came from a GOP consultant, Matt Mackowiack, who shared screenshots of an interactive map of election results in Michigan depicting Biden climbing nearly 140,000 votes while Trump and others remain stagnant. The map, which appears on BuzzFeed News, is powered by the election data-gathering firm Decision Desk HQ.
Clerical Error Prompts Unfounded Claims About Michigan Results
The increase in the chart simply shows when the City of Milwaukee reported its absentee ballot results. We knew well before the election that Democrats were much more likely than Republicans to vote absentee, that it takes longer to count such ballots, and that Milwaukee is a Democratic stronghold.
"We are not finding ballots," Julietta Henry, director of elections for Milwaukee County, told PolitiFact. "Ballots are being counted."
Democratic nominee Joe Biden passed Trump in Wisconsin about 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 because the City of Milwaukee reported its 170,000 absentee votes all at the same time. The votes were reported together because Milwaukee and 38 other communities used a central count location.
Fact check: That spike in the Wisconsin vote tally was expected and legitimate, not fraud
"And these batches were NOT 100% Biden votes," a FiveThirtyEight spokesperson. "Behind the blue line, there is also a red line representing thousands of votes Trump gained. There are also counter examples where Trump’s line shoots up suddenly when a favorable batch of results are reported."
No, these FiveThirtyEight graphs don’t prove voter fraud
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
Well just look at the numbers for the remaining states... the path to a Biden victory is very improbable at this moment in time. From what I gather Trump is upset at the way they haven't called certain states despite the result being obvious, and he's worried they'll suddenly "find" a bunch of ballots which shift the result at the last minute. If the situation were reversed they would have called the win for Biden. But unfortunately Trump never gets a level playing field and by claiming fraud he has probably only made the situation worse for himself.
Not sure if there's anything Trump can do about it, though. I'm sure, if its fraud, than they covered there tracks, so 🤷♀️.
originally posted by: ChaoticOrder
Also the full image posted by that1lurker is quite interesting because it suggests at some point the system switched Trump votes with Biden votes:
originally posted by: AnonymousNutjob
They're saying that all of the mail in votes went to Biden. Not sure if I believe it, because there is got to be some independents who picked Trump but mailed them in out of convenience. So it does look suspicious. Not sure if there's anything Trump can do about it, though. I'm sure, if its fraud, than they covered there tracks, so 🤷♀️. Election fraud happens every year.
originally posted by: carewemust
originally posted by: MRinder
Michigan GOP chairwoman confirms huge irregularities due to software issues.
No wonder President Trump's large lead evaporated at 4 a.m. on Election night!