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Trump’s Falsehood-Filled Speech on the Election
Before all of the votes in the 2020 election were counted, President Donald Trump wrongly claimed victory, calling for “all voting to stop” and claiming continuing to count legally cast votes would “disenfranchise” the people who voted for him.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, Trump made his remarks from the White House, falsely saying he had already defeated Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, with millions of votes still to be counted in several too-close-to-call states. He baselessly claimed some kind of “fraud” had occurred.

As we’ve written, vote counting always goes past Election Day. There’s nothing unusual about that. Most states don’t start counting mail-in ballots until Election Day, and with a larger volume of mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, several states expected the vote count to take at least a few days.

“This is a fraud on the American public,” Trump claimed in his remarks. “This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. We did win this election. So our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. … We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. Okay?”

In fact, 22 states — including 12 won by Trump in 2016 — accept postmarked mail-in ballots after Election Day.

For months, the president has been making false, misleading and unfounded claims about mail-in ballots and voter fraud.

In his election night remarks, the president aired his grievances about several states in which he was then leading, but which still had votes to be counted and were deemed too-close or too-early to call by news organizations that project winners based on early results. But he made contradictory claims, saying, “We want all voting to stop,” while encouraging the count to continue in Arizona, where he then trailed Biden in the ongoing tally.

Trump said “there’s a possibility” he could win that state, because “there were a lot of votes out there that we could get because we’re now just coming into what they call Trump territory. … So we want that obviously to stay in play.”

Similarly, he thanked “millions of people” who “voted for us tonight,” but claimed “a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people.” People who voted can’t be disenfranchised. The meaning of “disenfranchise” is “to deprive of the right to vote.”

If Trump were to halt the ongoing vote counting, that would be depriving people of the right to vote.

Sharpie pens will not invalidate Arizona ballots
Claims are circulating online that voters in the US state of Arizona were pushed to use Sharpie pens to fill out their ballots in a bid to make them illegible. But officials said using a Sharpie would not invalidate ballots in the state, while voters also had the option of bringing their own pens.

Nevada has not stopped counting votes
A tweet claims US battleground state Nevada has stopped counting votes in the presidential election until November 5, two days after polls closed. This is false; a Nevada department of state spokeswoman said the elections division will continue counting ballots all day, but updates to the results will not be released until November 5.

Trump Misleadingly Claims That Ballot Count Was ‘Called Off’
President Donald Trump misleadingly said early in the morning after Election Day that ballot counting in states where he was leading had been “called off,” baselessly suggesting there was something suspicious happening. Similar complaints were posted by his supporters on social media.

But a top election expert told us that it is routine for ballot counting to be suspended late in the evening, to be picked up the following morning. Final vote tabulations do not occur on election night, and official tallies are certified later.

In particular, Trump singled out North Carolina, where he said “all of a sudden everything just stopped.” But the North Carolina State Board of Elections told us the tallying stopped “because there were no more votes to count at that time.” The Tarheel State will accept and count mail-in ballots that arrive by Nov. 12, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day.

Clerical Error Prompts Unfounded Claims About Michigan Results
A data input error that briefly showed an unusually large uptick in votes for Joe Biden in Michigan prompted suspicions online and an unfounded claim of voter fraud. The error came down to a typo by a county’s reporting that was quickly corrected.

Viral Posts Misreport Data on Registered Voters in Wisconsin
Viral posts on Facebook falsely claim there were more votes cast in the 2020 election in Wisconsin than there were registered voters. According to state data, the number of registered voters exceeded the votes cast by nearly 388,000, as of Nov. 1.

Posts use old voter registration data to falsely accuse Wisconsin of voter fraud
Social media posts shared thousands of times accused Wisconsin of election fraud, shortly before projections showed Joe Biden winning the key battleground state. But the claim is false; the posts use old data that do not match official figures from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Giuliani tweets false claim on Trump’s Pennsylvania lead
Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani falsely claimed in a post-Election Day tweet that the president had an unassailable lead in Pennsylvania, a state which could decide who wins the White House. But hours later, more than one million mail-in ballots remained to be counted, many of them from Democrats, which a political scientist said left open the possibility that Democratic challenger Joe Biden could still pass Trump’s tally.

This video shows a scene from a Mexican television drama that aired in 2010
A video of a couple together in hospital has been shared in multiple Facebook, YouTube and TikTok posts alongside a claim that the individuals are Italian Covid-19 victims. This is false; the video in fact shows a scene from a Mexican television drama that aired in 2010.