The facts do not suppport the contentions on social media that ballots accidently thrown away in a Pennsylvania county support widespread voter fraud or a system of voting that is flawed. NPR reports the following;
"The FBI and the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Thursday that they are investigating "potential issues" with nine military ballots in one county. They believe the ballots were opened improperly, though they have not filed any charges or taken official action.
U.S. Attorney David Freed noted that the investigation remains active but said he is releasing the news publicly "based on the limited amount of time before the general election and the vital public importance of these issues."
Voting rights experts and Justice Department veterans, however, said that proximity to the election and the preliminary nature of the investigation make Freed's announcement highly unusual.
The announcement comes as President Trump continues to baselessly claim that voting by mail will lead to widespread fraud and as the Justice Department is under scrutiny for allegations that its decisions under Attorney General William Barr are increasingly directed at boosting Trump's reelection efforts.
Trump's campaign immediately seized on the announcement of an investigation to conclude that it was evidence Democrats were trying to "steal" the election.
The potential voting irregularities in Pennsylvania came to light after President Trump mentioned them, offhand, in an interview with a Fox radio host Thursday.
'We have to be very careful with the ballots,' the president told reporters later, according to a news pool report. He described what he called a "scam" where ballots had been found in the trash. The president has been criticizing the integrity of this year's election for months.
'We want to make sure the election is honest, and I'm not sure that it can be,' Trump continued." NPR
Donald Trump is politicizing the event. Here is what the facts show as of this post:
"There is no proof whatsoever of an anti-Trump conspiracy. There is not widespread fraud in US elections, and this isolated incident does not prove there is widespread vote-rigging. Local officials said the incident was an "error" by a brand-new election worker, and CNN reported that investigators believe it occurred due to lack of training -- not intentional fraud." CNN
Therefore, the following is also untrue:
"The President's son, Eric Trump, tweeted that the incident was 'voter fraud.' Matt Wolking, a top spokesman for the Trump campaign, tweeted that it was proof that 'Democrats are trying to steal the election,' before deleting the post. Trump tweeted a Fox News segment that contained multiple falsehoods about the incident, and added, 'Democrats are Rigging our 2020 Election!'" CNN
There is no evidence of voter fraud, there is not evidence of Democrats trying to steal the election, there is no evidence of widespread misuse of mail in ballots.
There is evidence of the Trump campaign and its surrogates spreading misinformation to gain a political advantage.
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