Reuters Fact-Checker Has Not Updated Election Misinfo Claim

So-called “fact”-examining sites usually leap at any type of opportunity they reach try to show President Donald Trump incorrect. But they aren’t so anxious to fact-check themselves.

Reuters fact-checked a Nov. 19 tweet from President Donald Trump yet has actually not remedied, or perhaps dealt with, the errors in its very own post.

“Almost ZERO ballots rejected in Georgia this election. In years past, close to 4%. Not possible. Must have signature check on envelopes now. Very easy to do. Dems fighting because they got caught. Far more votes than needed for flip. Republicans must get tough! @BrianKempGA,” Trump tweeted. Brian Kemp is the guv of Georgia. Twitter put a tag under Trump’s tweet that stated, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Reuters differed with Trump’s tweet, shooting back with a Nov. 23 fact-check that suggested: “[t]he claim that almost zero ballots were rejected in Georgia this year is false. 2,011 absentee by mail ballots were rejected for signature related issues.” Reuters additionally specified, “In 2020, 2,011 out of 1,322,529 absentee by mail ballots were rejected for missing or non-matching signatures with a rejection rate of 0.15%.”

Reuters asserted as “[t]he total rejected ballots data is not yet available for 2020,” now the information is offered. Yet the fact-checker has actually not upgraded its post given that Dec. 7. 

Reuters likewise hammered on the “4%” tally denial insurance claim made by Trump: “The claim that around 4% of ballots were rejected in Georgia in previous election years is also false. The Georgia Secretary of State said that 580 ballots in 2016 and 454 in 2018 were rejected. These numbers make up ballot rejection rates of 0.24% in 2016 and 0.15% in 2018.”

Ballotpedia, nonetheless, reported really various numbers than Reuters. According to its Analysis of Rejected Ballots, which covers the political elections of  2016, 2018 as well as 2020, Georgia denied 6.42 percent of absentee tallies as a percent of overall absentee/mail-in tallies returned in 2016, 3.10 percent in 2018, as well as 0.60 percent in 2020, pointing out the Georgia Elections Division. 

Reuters had actually not replied to an ask for remark at the time this post was released. 

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