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- County officials say the video shows a poll worker copying information from a damaged ballot onto a blank ballot so that it could be counted.
- The video is cropped so that bipartisan poll watchers who were not more than six feet away are no longer in the frame, a spokesperson for the county said.
A viral video from Pennsylvania that some people are using to allege voter fraud actually shows a poll worker copying the information from a damaged ballot to ensure those votes could be properly counted.
The video shows two poll workers sitting across from each other at a table. One of the workers is holding a ballot and the other is filling out a ballot with a pen.
"This lady is marking the ballots," says a man narrating the video. "I filmed her a half hour ago diong six and she’s still working at it. … And there’s a security guard who’s right there watching her. The cops are in on it! Disgusting."
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The video in the post was taken from a livestream that Delaware County, just west of Philadelphia, is running on its website with feeds from 10 different cameras. But it’s cropped so that "bipartisan poll watchers who were not more than six feet away" are no longer in the frame, said Adrienne Marofsky, a spokesperson for the county.
The poll worker in the video is copying information from a damaged ballot the county received onto a blank ballot so that the votes could be counted.
Because the county received some ballots that were damaged, they couldn’t be scanned, Marofsky said. The scanner manufacturer has advised that the best solution for damaged ballots that can’t be scanned is to transcribe the votes onto a clean ballot and scan that ballot instead, she said.
"As ballots were being transcribed, the original damaged ballots were directly beside the new ballots, and bipartisan observers witnessed the process at close range," Marofsky said. "Damaged ballots have been preserved."
Marfosky said the county is livestreaming poll workers counting ballots to be transparent about the elections process.
"Unfortunately," she said, "some residents … are making false accusations, which baselessly and wrongly attack the integrity of the election staff."
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Facebook post, Nov. 5, 2020
Delaware County elections livestream, visited Nov. 6, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Delco officials say viral video was manipulated and taken out of context, Nov. 6, 2020
Email interview with Adrienne Marofsky, public relations director for Delaware County, Nov. 6, 2020
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