Amid election uncertainty across the country, misinformation is spreading online about Wisconsin. The state’s race was called in former Vice President Joe Biden’s favor by the Associated Press at approximately 2 p.m. EST, and some Republicans believe the election was stolen.
One such rumor was that there were more votes cast in the state than there were registered voters, which was said to indicate fraud. According to Snopes, the rumor was first perpetuated by Twitter user Mike Coudrey, a right-wing investor, and spread around multiple social media sites.
This has been debunked by multiple sources, including Snopes and PolitiFact. The number of registered voters that is being used in these claims is outdated, pulled from the state’s records of the 2018 midterms. Additionally, Wisconsin is one of the states that allows for same-day voter registration – indicating that statistical discrepancies, if they did exist, would not point to fraud.
Other claims surrounding Wisconsin’s vote tally include allegations that Wisconsin vote counting stopped briefly before reporting a “sudden” 100 thousand vote lead for Biden, along with the similar claim that Wisconsin officials “found” 100 thousand ballots for Biden at about 4 a.m. The same rumors are being spread about other swing states, notably Michigan and Pennsylvania.
This has also been debunked by PolitiFact despite being widely circulated on Twitter, including President Trump. The jump in voting totals for Biden was expected, as mail-in ballots were projected to be tallied after in-person ballots and mail-in ballots were heavily projected by all parties to lean Democratic.
The Trump campaign announced its plans to call for a recount in Wisconsin, citing “reports of irregularities in several counties,” according to the AP. The AP also reports Biden’s margin at approximately 20,000 votes, and says that previous recounts in the state have historically yielded only a few hundred changing votes.