Video doesn’t show man cheating during Philadelphia election

The viral video has since been removed from Fox News coverage of Election Day and shows a voting worker legally signing ballots in Dane County, Wisconsin.

On Election Day, a video of a masked man walking through a pile of ballot papers was shared multiple times on social media, with people claiming he was “cheating in front of the camera on the polls”. mainstream media”.

A tweet, has since been taken down from Twitter but is archived here, including the hashtags # #Philadelphia and #pennsylvaniafraud. The video with the tweet, before it was removed from Twitter, had more than 100,000 views.

The video has also been shared on Telegram, Facebook and Truth Social.


Does this video show a man cheating in Philadelphia during the midterm elections, as claimed on the viral posts?



This is wrong.

No, the video doesn’t show a man cheating and it wasn’t filmed in Philadelphia. It shows a poll worker in Dane County, Wisconsin, marking ballots according to county regulations.


The clip being shared on social media is taken from a segment of “The Faulkner Focus,” a Fox News program that aired on Election Day. You can find the archive of the original segment that aired here.

Harris Faulkner opened the show by showing people voting on November 8 at 28 seconds in the archive clip.

“We started with this Fox News warning. The game continues. Election Day in America,” Faulkner said. On her left screen are scenes from various polling places, starting with New York City.

At 43 seconds in the clip, the location seen to the left of Faulkner has changed outside of Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Community Center. At 48 seconds in the video, the location changes again to inside a polling station in Madison, Wisconsin.

For a second, the location marker saying “Philadelphia” remained above the man seen in the video, before the tag switched to Madison, which could lead people to assume it was filmed in Philadelphia.

VERIFY has reached out to Fox News for comment on the video but has not received a response at the time of publication.

Philadelphia City Councilor Seth Bluestein took it upon himself to address the Twitter rumor by confirming the video was not from a Philadelphia vote center.

“I personally visited the East Passyunk Community Center polling place today. The photo taken inside is not of a Philadelphia polling place, as you can see in the photos I took this evening. This is another example of dangerous misinformation,” Bluestein wrote.

Dane County, Wisconsin, Secretary Scott McDonell told CONFIRM the video was taken from the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison. The same room can be seen in the pictures posted to the website for the location.

The man in the video is also not cheating. He followed the procedures that all poll workers in Wisconsin must follow. McDonell sent CONFIRMATION an image of the ballot and said that as part of the election process, poll workers must circle the location of the ward and abbreviate the ballot.

In Wisconsin, municipalities run elections. The results are then sent to the county for posting and certification, McDonell said.

“He was marking the same spot on one side of each ballot – quite clearly not filling out a ballot top to bottom… The video shows a poll worker signing and stating the ward number in back of the ballot. A second pollster will add their initials to each ballot right before handing the ballot to a voter,” McDonell said.

“This process is required by law and is a regular part of the check and balance process. It is done in a public place and the ballot will then need to be signed by another poll worker before it is given to the voter. This is how you can verify the ballot issued by the city,” McDonell said.

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