Debunking a rumor of election fraud by a Latter-day Saint congregation in Tucson, Arizona

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Debunking a rumor of election fraud by a Latter-day Saint congregation in Tucson, Arizona

The Deseret News communicated with more than 20 Latter-day Saint bishops. Not one could corroborate the rumor

By Joshua Lee and Suzanne Bates Oct 28, 2022, 3:02pm PDT

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RUMOR: An election fraud rumor is circulating on Twitter that a Latter-day Saint congregation in Tucson, Arizona, asked members to bring their ballots to church so they could “fill them out together as they are instructed” and that “monitors will oversee the ‘voting.’”

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The tweet by @Tucsonbelle12 claimed that an “LDS friend” in Tucson told her this. The tweet had nearly 20,000 likes as of midday on Friday. A subsequent tweet by the same account said, “I have been informed that the Tucson LDS (Mormon) Church requiring members to attend ‘voting ballot parties’ is being reported to proper authorities and a formal complaint is expected tomorrow.”

FACTS: The Deseret News communicated with more than 20 Latter-day Saint bishops who lead local congregations in Tucson, Arizona. Not one of them could corroborate the rumor. The Deseret News also reached out to the Pima County election office, and an election worker who declined to give her name said, when asked about the rumor, “There haven’t been any reports. They would have reported this to all of us 

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