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No, Wisconsin Doesn’t Have More Votes Than Registered Voters

Like lots of people within the U.S. (in addition to in different components of the world), we’ve been glued to our televisions and computer systems and cell telephones just about continuously because the election outcomes proceed to roll in. Or not roll in, because it had been. And identical to you, we’ve bought a lot of questions. Can Trump run once more if he loses in 2020? Why is it taking so lengthy for some states to report outcomes? Does Joe Biden have a canine? (Hey, we by no means mentioned all the questions had been hard-hitting!)

Why does Wisconsin have extra votes than registered voters?

Each one who is registered to vote can solely vote one time — that’s all the time been the case, though in 2020, it’s value reiterating simply to guarantee that we’re all on the identical web page. Clearly, that signifies that the variety of counted votes can’t exceed the variety of registered voters in every state. 

Nevertheless, after Wisconsin turned blue, some took to social media to level out that the variety of counted votes and the variety of registered voters didn’t match up. Particularly, one viral tweet (which has since been deleted) claimed that Wisconsin had solely 3,129,000 registered voters, however was reporting a rely of three,239,920. Clear proof of fraud, proper?

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Properly, no. As a matter of reality, the individuals sowing unrest relating to the Wisconsin votes had been truly simply misinformed and dealing from an incorrect set of information (we’ll give them the good thing about the doubt on this one and assume it was an trustworthy mistake). That 3,129,000 is the variety of registered voters in Wisconsin in 2018 — not in 2020.

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In response to the Wisconsin Elections Fee, the state had 3,684,726 energetic registered voters on Nov. 1, 2020. As of the time of this writing, the New York Instances is reporting a complete of three,297,420 ballots forged in whole (which additionally calls into query the opposite quantity within the tweet that incorrectly claimed fraud had occurred). Additionally, Wisconsin is likely one of the states that permit same-day voter registration, so the variety of registered voters on Election Day was probably even greater.

In different phrases, the numbers popping out of Wisconsin are nicely throughout the anticipated ranges, and there’s no proof of fraudulent ballots being added to inflate Joe Biden’s remaining tally. 

As with all claims on the web — and maybe particularly with claims associated to historic elections — it’s necessary to perform a little bit of additional digging in an effort to confirm the information earlier than blindly retweeting or sharing a Fb replace. On this explicit occasion, the declare was very straightforward to debunk with a few fast Google searches, however that didn’t cease hundreds of individuals from sharing the inaccurate info on-line. Do your due diligence earlier than blindly retweeting, of us!

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Derek is the great gaming geek for longer than he cares to admit and love everything about the gaming world. He is connected with tech work from the last five years and always loves to learn and writer new about the current technology. You can mail him @ derek@rexweyler.com.

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