Election officers in Nevada have denied false rumours that polling stations stopped counting ballots in a single day for the 2020 US presidential elections.
Nevada has not but declared a consequence however Joe Biden was main Donald Trump by only one share level on Friday morning.
The state’s six electoral faculty votes could be sufficient to ship the Democrat candidate to the White Home, in line with projections by the Related Press.
Nevada officers announced on Wednesday that they’d not be offering election outcomes updates till Thursday morning.
Ballots from these voting on the day in particular person, or by mail earlier than November 2 had been counted.
However the announcement led to deceptive claims on social media that the state had stopped counting votes on Tuesday and Wednesday night after election day.
A put up on Fb by Trapt, a US band that has revealed pro-Trump content material, falsely concluded that Nevada had stopped counting ballots because the tallies had been even.
“Why are they not counting RIGHT NOW?!” mentioned the put up, linking to an article by the far-right Breitbart information.
Whereas Trump has repeatedly claimed electoral fraud with out proof and referred to as for an finish to vote counting, his supporters in Nevada have demanded that polling stations depend each vote.
The Trapt put up was labelled as partly false data by Fb and third-party fact-checkers PolitiFact.
The false declare was additionally published on Twitter by CNBC, receiving greater than 1,000 likes and 900 retweets.
However in a statement, Nevada’s Secretary for State denied the suggestion, saying “we didn’t cease counting ballots”.
“The counting of ballots is ongoing and can proceed till each forged poll is counted.”
“On account of the truth that we needed to offer an correct replace at the moment, we didn’t need to disrupt the counting that has been happening since election evening,” a spokesperson added in an additional assertion to Euronews.
The Secretary of State additionally emphasised that the method of counting ballots is “labour intensive” and extra reporting necessities would scale back effectivity and accuracy.
The remaining ballots that haven’t been counted in Nevada embrace mail votes acquired on or after Election Day.
Below state legislation, mail ballots postmarked by Election day and acquired earlier than 17:00 native time on 10 November will likely be counted within the ultimate outcomes.
“[The number of ] ballots excellent is troublesome to estimate in Nevada as a result of each voter was despatched a mail poll,” the state elections workplace tweeted.
“Clearly, not all will vote.”