Iowa secretary of State disputes viral misinformation about voter registration

The Hill,  February 4, 2020

"Iowa's Republican secretary of State is disputing a viral claim from a Washington, D.C.-based conservative group in an attempt to kneecap the spread of election-related misinformation ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. 

In a press release, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said the group, Judicial Watch, is feeding a 'misinformation campaign' as its leaders and followers continue to spread a debunked report that alleges eight Iowa counties have total registration rates larger than their eligible voting population.

'It’s unfortunate this organization continues to put out inaccurate data regarding voter registration, and it’s especially disconcerting they chose the day of the Iowa Caucus to do this,' Pate said in a statement.

'My office has told this organization, and others who have made similar claims, that their data regarding Iowa is deeply flawed and their false claims erode voter confidence in elections," he added. "They should stop this misinformation campaign immediately and quit trying to disenfranchise Iowa voters.'


As of Monday afternoon, the false claim from Judicial Watch had gone viral across multiple social media platforms, garnering tens of thousands of likes and retweets on Twitter and over 8,000 shares on Facebook.

The episode emerges as campaign officials and top tech companies — including teams with the Democratic National Committee, Facebook and Twitter — pour new resources into identifying and removing election-related misinformation, a top priority as the 2020 presidential election cycle kicks off in earnest this week."

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Hannah Piercey