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There is no evidence that millions of votes by Democrats were tossed due to faulty voting machines, despite what a headline said on Facebook.
Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social network’s efforts to combat fake news. The story provides no evidence and repeats the same story posted by the satirical fake news website Reagan was Right, adding in a screenshot of Fox News’ Lou Dobbs.
Several fake stories during the past couple of years have alleged voter fraud to the benefit of Democrats or involving undocumented immigrants following an election cycle in which Donald Trump repeatedly made ridiculous statements about voter fraud. After being sworn into office, Trump continued to falsely claim substantial evidence of voter fraud. Voter fraud does happen, but not to the widespread amount that Trump has alleged.
The Politico News story said that voting machines in 11 states have been declared "compromised" as a result of a software glitch — and as a result, the story says, "17 elections involving ballot referendums for free entitlements for immigrants, legalized marijuana and decriminalizing heroin overdoses should be overturned."
The story said that the company that owns the machines, Novus Ordo Seclorum, INC, is owned by a group of Democrats including George Soros, Chelsea Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and the estate of John Kennedy.
According to LinkedIn, Novus Ordo Seclorum was a Delaware consulting firm formed in 2010 to help identify strengths and weaknesses in businesses. Its profile makes no mention of voting machines. It’s unclear if the company still exists; the website was a dead link and the voicemail for the phone number was full.
Not surprisingly for a made-up story, we found no evidence that the company is owned by the high-profile Democrats it mentioned.
Brenda Bowser Soder, U.S. Election Assistance Commission spokeswoman, told PolitiFact that Novus Ordo Seclorum doesn’t make voting machines and that the story is inaccurate.
There is no evidence that 4 million Democratic votes were "just declared fraudulent." We rate this story Pants on Fire.
The Politico News, "Breaking: four million Democrat votes just declared fraudulent," Feb. 7, 2018
Reagan Was Right, "Breaking: four million Democrat votes just declared fraudulent," Nov. 8, 2017
Politico, Accessed Feb. 13, 2018
LinkedIn, Novus Ordo Seclorum, INC, Accessed Feb. 13, 2018
Associated Press, "Voting machines didn't produce 4 million fraudulent votes," Feb. 13, 2018
PolitiFact, "Fake news spreads about Doug Jones and votes in fictional town "Bordalama,’" Dec. 15, 2017
PolitiFact, "No, undocumented immigrants were not caught voting in Alabama Senate election," Dec. 13, 2017
PolitiFact, "Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim of 'large scale voter fraud,'" Oct. 17, 2016
PolitiFact, "Donald Trump blames Democratic states on lack of data showing voter fraud," Jan. 5, 2018
PolitiFact, "Donald Trump says there's 'substantial evidence of voter fraud.' There isn't," Jan. 4 2018
Interview, Brenda Bowser Soder, U.S. Election Assistance Commission spokeswoman, Feb. 14, 2018
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