The Dallas County Department of Elections rolled out its “rumor check” page on Friday in an effort to fact-check erroneous facts and encourage voter confidence.
Elections Administrator Michael Scarpello said the department’s website will have a page to check election rumors. The webpage will include those rumors found or reported and either confirm or deny them.
“I spend half my day dispelling misinformation, misinformation and misinformation,” he said. “We want people to have confidence in the system and to feel confident that they have accurate information. We are as transparent as possible.
Elections Department staff will be monitoring social media for rumors, but will also ask the public to share their concerns or questions at [email protected] The head of the elections department has worked in elections across the country for more than two decades. He said he had never felt the need to do something like this before, but added that there was a lot of misinformation in the public.
“Nine out of 10 times when these complaints come in, it’s wrong,” Scarpello said. “It’s even more so with social media and the internet, where these rumors have spread like wildfire.”
One rumor Scarpello said he hears every election is that the department doesn’t count mail-in ballots unless the races are close. It’s not true.
“All ballots are counted,” he said.
State law already requires polling centers to include signs with federal, state and local phone numbers for reporting problems.
Registered voters can go to the polls starting Monday at any voting center in Dallas County. There are 52 early voting centers across the county, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon. at 6 p.m. on Sunday. On the last two days of early voting, November 3 and 4, voting centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Election day is November 8.
Scarpello recommends that voters check the voting center locator, view wait times, and find the most accessible voting center for them. There will be 463 voting centers to choose from on election day.
Mail-in ballots have already been sent to some voters. Scarpello reminds those voting by mail to provide both their Social Security number and driver’s license number. The state application for an absentee ballot requires only one ID number, but if the voter completes one on the application and the other on the ballot, their vote is not counted. account.