Viral videos circulating on the internet purport to show poll workers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, filling out blank ballots as the state continues to count votes critical to determining the winner of the presidential race between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
But the county has provided an explanation for what is going, and Reuters, PolitiFact, and USA Today have all found the allegations of fraud to be false.
What are the details?
One video shows a male poll worker in a black shirt appearing to fill out ballots and stamp them while he is sitting across from a female worker who is wearing a grey sweater. Two other female workers can be seen sitting next to the pair at a nearby separate table.
🚨🚨🚨Caught on camera. Poll worker in Pennsylvania filling out ballots. No #VoterFraud here... .@DonaldJTrumpJr .… https://t.co/EAwQf2VGjr— Bill Paul (@Bill Paul) 1604683084.0
A second video shows one of the women at the second table filling out ballots.
Delaware County responded in a press release, confirming that the footage was recorded on its official live stream while saying that the viral footage had been "altered" and that "some residents" are "making false accusations" about what the video shows. The county did not specify which video was allegedly altered, but it did point out:
The actual video shows the election worker at a table with other coworkers in a room full of people with bipartisan observers a few feet away at each end of the table, closely observing the worker from approximately 6 feet away. This arrangement was agreed upon between the Election Bureau and the former Republican Chairman of Delaware County Council, acting in his capacity as counsel for the Delaware County Republican Party.
The county shared a screenshot showing the same workers, and the observers monitoring the process.
Image source: Delaware County Pennsylvania government website
The county explains:
During the processing of ballots, a machine extractor opens the ballots. Some ballots were damaged by the extractor during this process in such a way that the ballots could not be scanned successfully. According to the scanner manufacturer, Hart, the best practice to deal with damaged ballots that cannot be scanned is to transcribe the votes on each ballot to a clean ballot and scan the clean ballot. In accordance with that guidance, the Chief Clerk of the Delaware County Bureau of Elections instructed elections staff to manually transcribe the damaged ballots. As ballots were being transcribed, the original damaged ballots were directly beside the new ballots and bipartisan observers witnessed the process at close range. Damaged ballots have been preserved.
A third video also taken from Delaware County's live stream shows an overhead view of a different female poll worker filling out ballots while sitting directly across from a male worker wearing a long-sleeved plaid shirt.
The woman can clearly be seen filling out several ballots and stamping them, as a man narrating (while viewing on a computer) can be heard saying, "This lady is marking the ballots. I filmed her a half hour ago doing six, and she's still working at it."
A uniformed law enforcement officer can be seen walking by at one point, and the narrator says, "And there's a security guard right there who's watching her. The cops are in on it! Disgusting."
But it does appear that the male poll worker in the video is reading off one (presumably damaged) ballot to the female worker who is filling out the blank ballots. TheBlaze has called and emailed Delaware County for further clarity on the process.
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TheBlaze has not yet been able to determine who is narrating the video, but it does show the Delaware County live stream web address, and its multiple cameras.
President Trump has alleged that fraud is occurring in Pennsylvania and other states, as he has seen his lead eaten away in a number of states as election workers continue to conduct vote counts.
The Trump campaign has not responded to a request for comment about the videos.