Right-wing Sites Spread Disinformation About Democrats Blocking GOP Voters in Pennsylvania

Right-wing websites and media figures, including the Philadelphia Republican Party and Trump campaign operative Mike Roman, are spreading disinformation about Democrats trying to "steal" the election in Pennsylvania, a battleground state considered essential to President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's chances of winning the presidency.

On Twitter, Roman and Will Chamberlain, editor-in-chief of the right-wing site Human Events, both shared video of a Philadelphia poll worker being denied entry to a Philadelphia polling location.

In his post, Chamberlain included the hashtag #StopTheSteal, a hashtag being used by right-wing Twitter users to allege a Democratic plot to rig the election. His post has since been shared over 24,000 times and has been viewed over 2.5 million times by 8 p.m. ET.

However, Kevin Feeley, spokesperson for the Philadelphia City Commissioners, which run the city's elections, told the investigative journalism ProPublica that some poll watchers were erroneously blocked from entering voting sites and subsequently let into the polling place.

In another tweet, Roman accused Democrats of illegally campaigning inside of a polling location, adding, "This is why DEMS are keeping TRUMP WATCHERS OUT. They are STEALING it! This needs to STOP!"

Members of our Election Task Force have investigated this allegation. This polling place is located in an interior room and the sign in question is further than 10 feet from it. This tweet is deliberately deceptive. #PhillyVotes #Election2020 https://t.co/szKgxoigVm

— Philadelphia DAO (@philadao) November 3, 2020

However, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office called Roman's tweet "deliberately deceptive," adding that the incident Roman wrote about was more than 10 feet away from the voting room and this is allowed by state law.

Nevertheless, Roman's tweet about the incident has been shared over 2,500 times.

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Voters wait to cast their ballots at the Cranberry-Highlands Golf Club on November 3, 2020 in Butler County, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by /Getty Images) Jeff Swensen/Getty

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