Several conspiracy theorists are blaming Sharpies for Biden's Arizona win

Nov 5 2020, 5:53 am

In Arizona, several conservatives are believing a new conspiracy theory called SharpieGate: the idea that poll workers gave Trump supporters Sharpie permanent markers to fill out their ballots which somehow invalidated their votes.

Although several Trump followers have turned to social media to express concern about the ink bleeding through the papers, election officials in the state say that ballots marked with the felt-tip pens will still count.

The Maricopa County Elections Department confirmed that Sharpies are used in Vote Centers so that the ink doesn’t smudge as ballots are counted onsite.

The Offical Pima County also confirmed that the felt-tip pen ballot controversy was indeed, a false claim.

“An accurate vote takes time. It’s possible the results you see now may change after all the votes are counted. This is evidence of democracy, not fraud,” said Clint Hickman, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

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