The BS is strong this election – let's see if you're stronger.
Posted on October 28, 2016, at 12:07 p.m. ET
This false claim centers on a company called Smartmatic, which does make electronic voting technology. But most importantly, its technology is not being used in the upcoming US election. The company's chairman, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, does have connections to Soros-funded charities, and was also the vice chairman of Soros's Quantum Fund. However, Soros has no relationship with Smartmatic. And, again, Smartmatic will not be involved in the US election.
That time frame has been public for many years. As Snopes noted, this information was recently cited by Foreign Policy, and by Politico magazine, to name just two. Both were published before the debate.
A man dressed as a city construction worker used a sledgehammer to destroy Trump's star. Los Angeles Police later booked James Lambert Otis on suspicion of felony vandalism. The organization responsible for the Walk of Fame told BuzzFeed News the star will be “repaired immediately, but requires several days of seasoning before it is polished. During that time, it will be covered to protect it.”
Online voting, whether by texting or posting on social media with a hashtag, does not exist. At least two different images have circulated that falsely told Clinton supporters they could vote by texting or using a hashtag. The BBC reported that at least one of the images "emerged from a message board that's a bastion of hard-core Donald Trump supporters."
The problem with this claim is that it's old — from 2014, to be exact. That year, Illinois Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan selected himself and other Republicans, but saw those votes changed to other candidates when he tried to vote. Officials investigated and found the machine was miscalibrated. They removed it from use. Unfortunately, this old story is now recirculating.
Unlike the example in Illinois, the reports of vote switching by machines in Texas are not the result of machine error. There have been at least two (1,2) widely shared Facebook posts from people in Texas claiming that machines mistakenly switched Republican selections. But officials checked the machines in these and other cases and found that human error was the reason some candidates had been incorrectly selected. In response to concerns, one county judge involved issued a press release to say, “There is nothing wrong with any of the machines we use for voting. They do not flip your vote. They do not flip parties. Humans do that.” She added that they check and test the machines daily.
Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell recently said, "She is smart. She is capable. She was a good secretary of state. She is balanced, she has temperament, and no matter what anyone says she’s got stamina ... I think she is fully qualified to serve as the president of the United States and I think she will serve it with distinction." He also had harsh words for Donald Trump.
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