California County Enlists Social Media to Thwart a Misleading Election Photo

Election officials in Sonoma County, Calif., requested the broader social media group on Friday to help them rebut a phony report about mail-in ballots in the county.

After obtaining phone phone calls from constituents boasting they saw on-line pics of mail-in ballots in a landfill, the county posted a message on its main Twitter account alerting citizens and other Twitter people that a wrong report was circulating. The picture showed 2018 election resources that experienced been sent out for recycling, as condition regulation permits, the county stated.

County officials reported they were not guaranteed of the origin of the untrue report, but by Friday it had been picked up by some conservative media shops on Twitter. Conservatives and President Trump have not long ago seized on news reviews of problems with mail-in ballots, such as nine that had been discovered to have been discarded in a northeastern Pennsylvania county.

Sonoma County’s write-up underscored the problems that regional election officials experience in combating misinformation in the last six months in advance of the Nov. 3 election. With the nearby information media in crisis across the nation, combating misinformation largely falls on spot officers, who are already stretched slim to fulfill the demands of the most advanced election in decades.

For officers on the entrance traces in Sonoma, correcting the report as quickly as achievable was paramount.

“I believe we needed to be proactive and make positive that men and women got the info from us, due to the fact we did hear from some anxious citizens,” stated Deva Marie Proto, the county registrar of voters in Sonoma County.