Hyderabad: A photo of mail-in ballots lying on the ground is viral on social media. Users claim that these were the votes for Donald Trump in Arizona.

The caption with the image reads, "These are ballot papers stamped by Trump voters found dumped by side of the road in Arizona. It's a naked show by Liberals & Lefties in the US. The level of votes rigging in the US which no Data Analytics can calculate."



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FACT CHECK:

The claim that the mail-in ballots were the votes for Donald Trump is false.

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a report that carries the same image. According to officials, a total of18 ballots were found in Glendale, Arizona, and responded that 18 ballots were stacked within envelopes that were still sealed.

Using this information, we performed a keyword search and found that the Glendale police department posted a video on Facebook explaining the incident and returning the ballots to the people from whom they were stolen.

The same was also stated by another media organization in Arizona. The 18 stolen ballots found in Glendale were returnedto voters just in time for the election.

Evidently, it is clear that the image of these mail-in ballots that were unopened was shared with a false claim that they were votes for Donald Trump.


Claim Review :   Image of unopened mail-in ballots in Arizona
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter. She is pursuing her post graduation in M. A. Mass Communication and Journalism from St Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on " Role of social media in highlighting injustice ". Misha has a zeal for learning and writing news articles and apart from this, she is interested in video editing and graphic designing.

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