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- The Arizona Department of Public Safety said this isn’t true.
On Friday morning, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was leading in Arizona, where some news outlets had already declared the former vice president the winner.
There were still 300,000 ballots remaining to be counted as an unnerving announcement started to spread on social media.
"Arizona trooper found 50,000 ballots in dumpster all for President Trump!!" one Facebook post said.
It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
But we checked with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. and a spokesperson and sergeant there told us that, actually, troopers have not found 50,000 ballots for President Donald Trump.
"It is not true," a sergeant said.
We rate this Facebook post False.
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Facebook post, Nov. 5, 2020
The Arizona Republic, Arizona election updates: Joe Biden holds Arizona lead after Friday morning update, Nov. 6, 2020
Email interview with Kameron Lee, sergeant and public information office supervisor, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Nov. 6, 2020
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