How U.S. Elections Work, Trust in Elections

Election Fact-Checking Websites

Many jurisdictions and agencies have compiled fact-checking web pages to combat common election-related myths and mis and disinformation. These resources serve as invaluable tools for voters and templates for government officials, offering clarity and debunking falsehoods about the election process. 

– Hawaii dispels election rumors on their Rumors vs. Facts webpage, providing up-to-date and accurate information about the state’s elections. It addresses common election-related rumors, including the myth that there are high incidents of residents casting multiple ballots, and provides factual accounts of its election processes.

– Iowa Department of State’s election website lists and debunks common election myths on its Myth vs. Fact webpage. This resource addresses false claims including the myth that absentee voting by mail is prone to fraud, and provides accurate information to ensure voters have confidence in the integrity of the electoral process.

– Maryland Board of Elections’ Rumor Control page dispels misinformation surrounding mail-in ballots, early voting, ballot drop boxes, and many other election-related topics, and  provides factual and up to date information that combats common election myths.

– Michigan Department of State created a factchecking page that dispels common election myths and includes a section that allows and encourages citizens to report to them misinformation they see online. 

– New Mexico’s Rumor vs. Reality – Fact checking misinformation about New Mexico’s voting and elections page combats some of the most common points of harmful misinformation about voting and elections. It corrects popular misconceptions about elections, including how voter data is protected and the policies in place to ensure accurate election results.

– North Carolina has a webpage dedicated to education and information on election security, with videos, fact sheets and more. On the page, visitors can find PDF explainers of North Carolina’s absentee voter process and voter registration maintenance program, as well as ways voters can help elections remain secure.

– Pennsylvania’s Election Security in Pennsylvania page describes the layers of election security and integrity in place to ensure safe and secure elections, including the security of voting systems, post-election audits, cybersecurity and more. PA also has a Fact-checking PA-related Election Claims site and a Statements and Responses to Misinformation page that correct election myths and explain accurate processes.

– South Dakota lays out common myths surrounding election security and refutes these claims in its Myth vs. Fact webpage. The webpage debunks several election-related falsehoods and also includes resources, such as registration tools, campaign finance information and political party information. 

– Utah has a webpage laying out the process of voting by mail-in ballot, with videos, links, fact sheets, and other resources.

– Vermont’s Facts Matter – The Truth About Vermont Elections addresses common myths and provides reliable, accurate information about Vermont’s elections.

– Wisconsin put together a fact-checking page to address many election-related myths and claims circulating, and assure voters that the Wisconsin election process is fair and secure.