FACT CHECK: Did The U.S. Military Discover Election Fraud In Arizona?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports the U.S. Army Cyber Command has discovered proof of election fraud in Arizona following an investigation into the midterm elections.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. There is currently no evidence of widespread election fraud in Arizona or other states during the midterms.

Fact Check:

The Arizona Gubernatorial race between Democrat Katie Hobbs and Republican Kari Lake has been characterized as too close to call as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. The Arizona Senate race between Democratic Sen. Democrat Mark Kelly and his challenger, Republican Blake Masters, has also remained too close to call, The New York Times reported.

The Facebook post claims Republican voters were turned away at polls and the military found evidence of election fraud in Arizona. The text is attributed to a Michael Baxter on November 9, 2022. “Military Finds Evidence of Election Fraud Amid Fizzled Red Wave,” the post reads.

The post claims in part that an investigation in Arizona following closer-than-expected election results revealed multiple instances of voter fraud and unusual connection activity regarding voting machines.

There are no credible news reports of election fraud during the 2022 midterms. U.S. Cyber Command has not posted anything regarding election fraud on their verified social media accounts or on their website. (RELATED: Does This Video Show A ‘Masked Man’ Cheating In The 2022 midterm Election?)

The claim is bogus. It stems from a Nov. 9 article from the satirical website, Real Raw News. The site’s “about us” page identifies itself as containing “humor, parody, and satire.”

Maricopa County voters did have issues casting ballots early on election day, but a solution was fixed later in the day, according to Fox News. The issues spawned numerous claims of voting and election fraud, The New York Times reported.

This is not the first time misinformation about the midterms has circulated online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim President Joe Biden revealed a democratic plot to steal the election.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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