Fact Check: Were ‘4 Million Democrat Votes’ Deemed Fraudulent?

Voter fraud is a favorite topic for hoax websites, especially when it comes to the 2016 election.

The website ThePoliticoNews.com (not to be confused with Politico, though that’s surely the intent) published an article last week claiming that “4 million Democrat votes were just declared fraudulent.”

Voting machines in 11 states now tied to a company owned by a group of Democrat “activists” that includes George Soros, Chelsea Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama and the estate of John Kennedy have been declared “compromised” and their votes discounted.

Not a lick of this claim is true. There is no evidence that George Soros owns U.S. voting machines (neither do Clinton, the Obamas, or “the estate of John Kennedy”).

The hoax article goes on to blame “Novus Ordo Seclorum, Inc” which it claims made the voting machines and attributed the supposed voter fraud to an “unforeseen software glitch.”

Novus Ordo Seclorum (“new order of the ages”), which can be found on the Great Seal of the United States—remember the eye above the pyramid?—is a favorite in the faux-deep-state-conspiracy world: Which makes it possible that the article is mocking that genre by naming this fake company “Novus Ordo Seclorum.”

Whatever the reason, there is no voter machine company called Novus Ordo Seclorum. The entire piece is a hoax. Yet despite all of the obvious signs of it being a sham, the article still received thousands of views and hundreds of comments.

The article concludes by blaming the largest of the conspiracy boogeymen: “Sorry, globalists. We don’t want what your machines have to say. Let’s return to paper ballots.”

Sorry indeed.

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