Fact Check: GOP voters weren’t denied access to the general election as suggested by the leaked video

From Politifact:

A video posted to Instagram a few days before the November 8 general election suggests GOP voters were denied access to the general election.

The caption for the video does not indicate when or where it was filmed. But PolitiFact found that the video was filmed in March in Texas during the state’s primary election and does not depict a deliberate attempt to stifle Republican votes.

A video posted to Instagram on November 3 shows a polling officer at a polling station. At the beginning of the video, a polling station official says, “In this election, you can vote in any precinct.”

Then someone off-camera asks him about the “Republican side” of the polling station, and the worker replies that the station is closed because it has no staff. When an off-camera man asks additional questions, the election commissioner says, “You can vote Democrat, not Republican.”

The caption to the video reads: “Polling station employee says polling station will be closed if voting Republican due to ‘understaffing’.”

The comments on the post reflected people’s confusion: “Can we have context? What are the choices? What state and city? one person said. Many others have asked, “Where is it?”

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation in its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook.)

The video was filmed in March 2022, when some voters were having trouble voting in the Texas primary. The original video was posted on twitter March 1 and indicated that it was made in Houston. …

Read the full story on PolitiFact and listen to the interview with Nusaiba Mizan of PolitiFact Texas in the audio player above.

Radio interview prepared by Sean Saldana

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