Fact Check: 2019 News Clip Does NOT Show Vote Fraud In Kentucky Gov Race -- Typo Caused Numbers Discrepancy, Data Agency Says

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: 2019 News Clip Does NOT Show Vote Fraud In Kentucky Gov Race -- Typo Caused Numbers Discrepancy, Data Agency Says Numbers Typo

Does this clip show election fraud happening on live television? No, that's not true: Edison Research, the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, which provides numbers to news organizations, told Lead Stories the vote change cited in the post was due to a typo in Henderson County, Kentucky. The error was caught and corrected within three minutes, Edison said.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on July 10, 2022, with the caption:

Lulz at CNN for the constant fake news and this election fraud in plain sight. You all are not slick. Btw it was done in all electios in 2020.

The video in the post opened:

What you're about to see is the single most egregious, real-time example of electronic vote fraud maybe ever captured, and it occurred live on CNN.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jul 18 14:42:33 2022 UTC)

The post's text continued:

Even the "big one" that they are doing the #Jan6thCommittee for. To hide the fraud with claims of a #Jan6thInsurrection when it was the Biden administration doing the insurrection against the vote of the people and the voice of the people in Jan 6th. The citizens tried to stop military coup. We know it. You know we know it. We know you know we know it CNN is a company full of vile soulless viruses. Crawling out from their rock in the depths of hell #LulzAtYourFailedAttempts Slaves to serpents 🐍#LulzSec #30DayOfLulz 2.1 coming soon. We are everywhere expect us.

While the implication in the post is that this situation was part of the 2020 election, the two-minute-plus video shows CNN covering the Kentucky gubernatorial race that took place on November 5, 2019. The race was between incumbent Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear. A narrator claims that it is clear that voter fraud occurred because Bevin's numbers appear to decrease, even though more votes are coming in as the night progresses.

Edison Research, provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, which includes CNN, responded to our email on July 18, 2022, asking if this claim was accurate. A representative of Edison Research emailed us that the vote change was due to a typo in Henderson County, Kentucky. The error was caught and corrected within three minutes. The corrected votes match the final certified vote by the state of Kentucky, they added.

When we reached out to the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for a comment, they referred us to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

Lead Stories contacted CNN, the Kentucky Secretary of State and Verified Voting, a nonpartisan organization that provides advice and assistance to election officials around the U.S. We will update this story when a response is received.

Reuters debunked a similar claim in 2020.

Chris Krebs, the former CISA director, tweeted about the disinformation surrounding voting day issues and how the systems and processes used by election officials are protected to ensure election integrity. Here is the November 7, 2020, tweet.

Here, here and here are other Lead Stories debunks on claims about election vote totals.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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