This video has circulated since 2018 in reports about voter fraud in Russia
CCTV footage filmed inside a polling station has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Chinese-language Twitter posts that claim it shows election fraud. The posts were shared immediately after the US presidential election in November 2020. The claim is misleading; this video was published in 2018 by AFP and other major news outlets in reports about voter fraud in Russia.
The 30-second video was published on Twitter here on November 5, 2020. It has since garnered more than 13,300 views.
The traditional Chinese-language tweet translates to English as: “Evidence of organised fraud by staff members at the polling station”.
The post circulated online two days after the US presidential election, following which President Donald Trump repeatedly made unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud, as AFP reported here.
As of November 11, Trump is yet to formally concede to former vice president and Democratic challenger, President-elect Joe Biden, who was declared the winner by US media on November 7.
The CCTV footage of a polling station was also shared alongside a similar claim on Twitter here.
The claim, however, is misleading.
A reverse image search on Yandex and a further keyword search found video was published by US newspaper The Washington Post on YouTube here on March 19, 2018, two years before the 2020 US election.
The video is headlined: “Watch: CCTV footage shows alleged ballot-stuffing in Russia elections”.
The video’s caption reads: “While Russian President Vladimir Putin was reelected in a landslide victory on March 18, videos emerged of alleged ballot-stuffing at polling stations across Russia.”
The footage shared in the misleading tweet corresponds to the one-minute 25-second mark of The Washington Post’s video.
Below are screenshot comparisons of the footage in the misleading tweets (L) and The Washington Post’s video (R):