Fact Check: Suitcases And Coolers Rolled Into Secure Counting Area Of Detroit Voting Center At 4 AM Was NOT Election Fraud

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Suitcases And Coolers Rolled Into Secure Counting Area Of Detroit Voting Center At 4 AM Was NOT Election Fraud Camera Gear

Did a person outside a Detroit voting center at 4 a.m. witness and capture on videotape someone doing something sneaky or illegal under the cover of night? No, that's not true: This person saw an employee of ABC's Channel 7, WXYZ Detroit News Station, unloading and moving camera gear with a wagon.

The video was featured in an article published by www.thegatewaypundit.com on November 4, 2020, titled "WATCH: Suitcases and Coolers Rolled Into Detroit Voting Center at 4 AM, Brought Into Secure Counting Area" (archived here), which opened:

A poll watcher filmed highly suspicious activity at a vote-counting center in Detroit at 4 a.m., the morning after election day. In the footage, taken by Kellye SoRelle, a Texas lawyer and member of Lawyers for Trump, a person in a white van was filmed loading up a red wagon outside the ballot counting location...

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WATCH: Suitcases and Coolers Rolled Into Detroit Voting Center at 4 AM, Brought Into Secure Counting Area

A poll watcher filmed highly suspicious activity at a vote-counting center in Detroit at 4 a.m., the morning after election day. In the footage, taken by Kellye SoRelle, a Texas lawyer and member of Lawyers for Trump, a person in a white van was filmed loading up a red wagon outside the ballot counting location and bringing it instead.

SoRelle released the video to Texas Scorecard, because she wanted to raise "alarms that the box may have been a ballot box that arrived long after all ballots were expected to have been received at the counting facility.

Their report continues on to say that "according to SoRelle, visitors were able to enter and leave the facility where the votes are being counted without any identification check. The workers were apparently working in six-hour shifts, meaning they did not have a need for overnight luggage."

The short video titled "Wagon Rolling into Detroit Vote Counting Center in Early Morning" was posted to the Texas Scorecard YouTube channel on November 5, 2020.

The clear up the confusion, WXYZ Detroit posted a photo of the wagon and equipment case to its Twitter account:

WXYZ also published a brief article titled, "Video falsely claims possible voter fraud in Detroit. It actually shows a WXYZ photographer loading camera gear." It explained:

(WXYZ) -- A video making the rounds on social media and other platforms that claims to show voter fraud and a wagon being loaded outside of the TCF Center in Detroit is actually video of a WXYZ photographer loading his camera and other gear into a wagon for work.

BuzzFeed included this item in the "Running List Of False And Misleading Information About The Election"

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes thegatewaypundit.com as:

A partisan conservative website that regularly publishes hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and unsubstantiated claims, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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