Viral claim that Wisconsin had more votes than registered voters is not supported by data

Viral claim that Wisconsin had more votes than registered voters is not supported by data
Posted at 12:39 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 12:39:36-05

On Wednesday morning, a viral post on Twitter claimed that there were more ballots cast in Wisconsin than registered voters. As the Wisconsin Elections Commission helped explain, that claim is not supported by data.

The tweet, which has since been removed, claimed that there were only 3,129,000 registered voters in Wisconsin. However, that number represents the registered voters in the state from the 2018 midterms.

After the tweet went viral, the Wisconsin Election Commission tweeted an explanation. The election commission said the State of Wisconsin had 3,684,726 active registered voters as of Nov. 1. That is higher than the number of ballots counted so far, which is 3,240,275.

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The WEC also pointed out that Wisconsin allows for same-day voter registration, which could further increase the number of total voters.

The tweet with the misleading claim has since been removed from Twitter, as the social media platform says it "is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."

This story was originally published by Julia Marshall on WTMJ in Milwaukee.