NBC Miami Updates Years-Old Story After Don Jr. and Others Use it to Spread False Voter Fraud Claims


A years-old story has been tweeted by some high-profile figures on the right Monday in an effort to spread a conspiracy about voter fraud in Florida. But now, NBC Miami — the outlet which published the piece tweeted Monday by Donald Trump Jr., among others — has posted an editor’s note debunking the false claims which the president’s son has been trying to circulate.

The original NBC Miami piece carried the headline: “Nearly 200,000 Florida Voters May Not Be Citizens”

Amid tight elections in Florida for Senate and Governor, Trump Jr. and others on the right ran with that headline — from a story which was published on May 11, 2012.

As the tweet got traction, NBC Miami published the following update to their story:

The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State. The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls). That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors. An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.

Two hundred thousand vs. 85. Just a tiny difference there.

Observers on both sides of the aisle roasted Trump Jr. and the others who tried to run with the false claim:

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