A voting machine company didn't cause malfunctions that created 4 million fraudulent Democratic votes, as a hoax site claimed. Federal elections officials say the company named in the piece doesn't exist.
A story published by thepoliticonews site says machines made by a company called Novus Ordo Seclorum, INC. have been declared "compromised" with 4 million votes discounted and elections affected in 11 states. None of the election locations and dates were named. The site claimed the company is owned by well-known Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Chelsea Clinton, and billionaire investor George Soros, a frequent target of false news stories.
U.S. Election Assistance Commission spokeswoman Brenda Bowser Soder says there is no voting machine manufacturer by that name.
This is part of The Associated Press' ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.