- Conservative news site Texas Scorecard and conservative YouTuber Steven Crowder shared a video online on Wednesday that they claimed showed an act of voter fraud.
- They said the video, which showed a man unloading a box from a van and bringing it into Detroit's TCF arena, was "proof" ballots were being brought into the ballot-counting center long after polls closed.
- Local news station WXYZ debunked the claim, and said the box wasn't full of ballots, but was instead camera equipment that their photographer was carrying into the TCF Center for a 12-hour shift.
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A video circulating online claiming to show an act of voter fraud in Detroit actually shows a local news station's photographer unloading his camera gear from a vehicle.
The video, taken by Texas lawyer and Lawyers for Trump member Kellye SoRelle, shows a man — now known to be a photographer from WXYZ — moving a box from a white van into a wagon.
Conservative news site Texas Scorecard and conservative YouTuber Steven Crowder shared the video on Wednesday, claiming it was "proof" of voter fraud and that the box contained ballots that were being brought into Detroit's TCF Center to be counted long after the polls closed.
SoRelle appeared on Crowder's livestream on Wednesday, where she said she was at the TCF Center as a Republican observer, and said the box looked similar to boxes of ballots she "had seen and been watching and monitoring" at polling stations.
WXYZ investigative reporter Ross Jones disputed the reports early Thursday morning, saying that the box in question was actually filled with camera gear for his team.
"The 'ballot thief' was my photographer. He was bringing down equipment for our 12-hour shift," he said on Twitter. "The video was shot by Kellye SoRell — a Texas attorney and member of 'Lawyers for Trump.' I'm hoping she's a better lawyer than she is a detective."
The photographer told WXYZ that he brought his wagon from home, and said it helped him bring his equipment down a floor at the TCF Center.
Texas Scorecard uploaded the video to its YouTube channel early Thursday morning and it has since had more than 137,000 views. The video is still up, despite its misleading content.
Detroit ballot-counting sites became the center of heated confrontations on Wednesday as votes were counted for President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Republican challengers gathered outside the TCF Center demanding ballot counters stop counting votes, causing confrontations with police.
Biden is projected to win Michigan, with Insider's election partner Decision Desk HQ making the call on Wednesday afternoon.
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