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Voting machines didn't produce 4 million fraudulent votes

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 14:56:09-05

A voting machine company didn't cause malfunctions that created 4 million fraudulent Democratic votes, as a hoax site claimed. Federal elections officials say the company named in the piece doesn't exist.

A story published by thepoliticonews site says machines made by a company called Novus Ordo Seclorum, INC. have been declared "compromised" with 4 million votes discounted and elections affected in 11 states. None of the election locations and dates were named. The site claimed the company is owned by well-known Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Chelsea Clinton, and billionaire investor George Soros, a frequent target of false news stories.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission spokeswoman Brenda Bowser Soder says there is no voting machine manufacturer by that name.

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