On Friday, November 27, Doug Mastriano, Republican state senator from Pennsylvania, tweeted a screenshot of what is said to be “Pennsylvania Official votes,” from “11/24 8pm,” which he claims was “posted on our Department of State dashboard but had since been deleted.”
The voting information is accompanied with the following caption: “Pennsylvania reports having mailed out 1,823,148 ballots, of which 1,462,302 were returned. Yet total mail-in votes number 2,589,242? From where did the extra 2,589,242-1,462, 302=1,126,940 votes come?”
President Donald Trump retweeted Mastriano’s tweet, claiming the “Pennsylvania votes were rigged.”
Senator Doug Mastriano @SenMastrianoThis was posted on our Department of State dashboard but had since been deleted. https://t.co/bDmvCK0kDB
Mastriano, however, cites data from the 2020 primary election, not the general election. The insinuation that there were more mail ballots cast than the number of requested mail ballots is false.
Per data from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s office, there were a total of 3,087,524 mail-in ballot requests, 1,941,131 of which were Democrat and 784,851 of which were Republican, with the rest either having a third party affiliation or none at all. There were a recorded 2,629,672 mail-in ballots returned in total.
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