FACT CHECK: Is Dr. Oz Not Registered To Vote In Pennsylvania?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, is not registered to vote in the state.

Verdict: Misleading

While it appears Oz is registered to vote in New Jersey, he is also registered in Pennsylvania and voted in the May primary, according to news reports and his campaign. It is not illegal to be registered to vote in multiple states.

Fact Check:

A recent recount found Oz won the Republican Senate primary by 951 votes against Dave McCormick and will face Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman in November’s general election, according to CNN. An image shared on Facebook shows a screenshot of a tweet that claims Oz is not registered to vote in Pennsylvania. (RELATED: Did Kamala Harris Say, ‘Gas Prices Are High Due To Gas Prices Not Being Low’?)

“BREAKING: Dr. Oz, the MAGA snake-oil candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, is humiliated as it’s exposed that he’s actually registered to vote in New Jersey rather than PA and has been since the 1980s!” reads part of the screenshot.

This claim is misleading. Check Your Fact found Oz’s Pennsylvania voter registration, which shows that he is indeed registered to vote in Montgomery County. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Oz registered to vote in Pennsylvania in 2020 after living in New Jersey for decades and is using his parents-in-law’s residence. It also appears that he is still registered to vote in New Jersey, according to CNN.

“Dr. Oz is a registered and active Pennsylvania voter, having just voted in the Pennsylvania primaries on May 17 and the other elections here since he moved back home,” Oz campaign representative Brittany Yannick told Check Your Fact in a statement. “He was previously registered in New Jersey, but the voter rolls have not been scrubbed to accurately reflect his change in status.”

It is not illegal to be registered to vote in two different states, according to WUSA 9. People are often registered to vote in different states because they move and do not inform authorities of said move, leaving them on the voter rolls, the outlet reported. It is illegal to vote in multiple states, but there is no evidence Oz did so.

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