False mail-in ballot claim targets Senator-elect John Fetterman

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False mail-in ballot claim targets Senator-elect John Fetterman

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Manon Jacob, AFP USA

Mon, November 21, 2022 at 2:56 PM·3 min read

Social media users claim more than half of the votes for John Fetterman in Pennsylvania’s US Senate race came from mail-in ballots, indicating the Democratic Party committed fraud during the 2022 midterm elections. This is false; the figures in the posts are incorrect, and there is no evidence that absentee voting has contributed to widespread fraud in the battleground state.

“52% of Fetterman’s votes were mail in ballots. The Dems can put somebody with brain damage into office with this massive operation. Republicans need to match this effort,” says a November 10, 2022 tweet.

The same claim also circulated on Facebook and Instagram after the Democratic candidate was projected to win Pennsylvania’s competitive US Senate race against Republican Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor backed by former US president Donald Trump.

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