As per the vote totals issued for the presidential election in the US elections, some social media users are claiming that ballots are being invalidated in Arizona. Convicted offender: Sharkey Marker.
According to the social media post, election officials in Maricopa County, known as #Sharpiegate, provided voters with sharp pens that interfered with ballots, most notably for President Donald Trump.
Arizona election officials say voting with Sharpie will have no effect on the votes being recorded by the tabulation machines, and if there was an issue, there is a process that would protect ballots from being canceled.
Here’s a look at the facts:
CLAIM: Votes were abolished in Arizona because people were made to use sharp pens to mark their ballots. This caused the tabulation machine to cancel the vote.
FACTS: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential vote in Arizona, a Republican stronghold, after the social media post falsely suggested that votes for Trump were canceled because people were told They use Sharpies to fill their ballots.
Arizona election officials confirmed Sharpies were used in the vote, but said the ballot would not be invalidated. The Maricopa County Election Department tweeted on Election Day that Sharpies are used in polling stations so that the ink does not melt while counting ballots.
“The new offset column on the ballots means there will be no impact on your vote!” He tweeted in an informative video.
In a video with more than 821,0000 videos, a woman was shown how four different polling places were using Sharpies and a man asks her if “those ballots are not counting” And “are invalid.”
“They are invalidating the votes that they are doing,” the man says. He suggested that voters use ballpoint pens instead.
“People are coming here to vote for Donald Trump, and all those votes are being invalidated,” he says in the video.
Sophia Solis, public information officer for the Arizona Secretary of State, said in an email that votes would not be canceled if there was a problem with the ballot.
Solis said, “If a voter’s ballot is canceled, it means that an additional ballot is requested if the voter needs to change their original ballot.” “When they return their replacement ballot, it depends if the ballot is still being processed by the county.”
According to the rules of state election procedures, a ballot review board copies ballots that cannot be read by the machine in cases that are damaged or sunken with ink.
Videos that made false claims about Sharpies were also widely shared on TikTok. Tiktok said claims on illegal ballots violated his policy against misleading information about elections and would be removed. Facebook said it blocked the Sharpegate hashtag on its platform and indicated fact-checkers on the case by fact-checkers outside of it, including The Associated Press.
While election officials took to social media to quash Sharp’s rumors, others in Arizona were not convinced.
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar combined his voice on Wednesday with Sharpie’s claims with a tweet stating that he was arriving at the state Attorney General’s office.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office sent a letter to Maricopa County election officials on Wednesday in which polling stations used Sharpies and how many votes were rejected due to issues with Sharp ink.
AP technology writer Barbara Orutte in San Francisco contributed to this story.