Last week the Trump campaign released a series of posts on Facebook and Twitter identifying dead Americans whose names, according to the alleged campaign, were used to vote in this month's elections. The seven people came from Georgia and Pennsylvania, two battlefield states that were critical to Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s victory.
However, at least three of them either did not actually vote in the elections or were alive and well and casting legal votes, according to state and county election officials.
The name that spread the most online was Deborah Jean Christiansen of Roswell, Ga. On Facebook, 166 posts mentioning her name as evidence of election fraud collected over 280,000 likes, shares and comments, according to CrowdTangle, a Facebook page from last Wednesday to Sunday. own social media analytics tool. The vast majority of this activity came from a video post posted on the Tucker Carlson Tonight account on the Fox News Show. The post “Yes, dead people voted in the elections” generated 2.5 million views on Facebook.
But according to election officials, Ms. Christiansen did not vote.
"We have no record of a new voter registration and we do not have a record of a ballot that is sent to that person," said Jessica Corbitt, a spokeswoman for Fulton County, Georgia, in an interview. "We have them in the system as deceased."
Some news outlets, such as CNN and Agence France-Presse, reported that there was no fraud in Ms. Christiansen's case. However, according to CrowdTangle data, each of the posts generated far fewer approvals and interactions than the posts that contained incorrect information.
The Trump campaign also argued that James E. Blalock Jr. of Covington, Georgia and Linda Kesler of Nicholson, Georgia fraudulently voted. But county election officials told the New York Times that the two people had been correctly marked as deceased and had not voted. Ms. James E. Blalock Jr., Mr. Blalock's widow, and a Lynda Kesler with a different address, birthday, and social security number, were voting legally, officials said.
The original Trump campaign posts about Mr. Blalock and Mrs. Kesler garnered 26,600 likes and shares on Facebook, according to CrowdTangle data, while a local news agency report correcting the claim garnered just 10,100.
The post about Mr. Blalock was eventually deleted on Twitter, but remains active on Facebook. On Friday, Mr. Carlson apologized on the air for his misreporting in the case of Mr. Blalock.
"On Friday we learned that some of the dead voters who were reported to have died are actually alive," Carlson said in a statement Tuesday evening. “We initially corrected this on Friday. We regret that we did not understand earlier. But the truth remains: the dead voted in the elections. "
The other four people who stopped the Trump campaign are from Trenton, Georgia and Drexel Hill, South Park and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Local election officials said they are still investigating these allegations.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.