Secretary Of State: No One Should Share Fake Election Info, Not Even Trump

Feb 7, 2020

Secretary of State Frank LaRose speaks at an event outlining election security efforts his office has ordered.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The state’s chief elections officer is criticizing President Trump and other key figures for sharing rumors and false information related to voting, recently about the Iowa caucuses but going all the way back to the 2016 election. 

This comes as Ohioans prepare to start early voting in two weeks for the presidential primary in March. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose says posting conspiracy theories about voting that cast doubt on the fairness and accuracy of US elections shouldn’t be tolerated – no matter where it comes from.

“It is irresponsible to fearmonger about elections administration. Doesn’t matter who you are," said LaRose. "And certainly, if you have the largest megaphone in the world, you should think very carefully before you say something that would cause people to lose faith in elections."

His comments come after several posts on Twitter from President Trump, such as this one:

Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump  

I think they should blame RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA again! If they can’t count votes properly, how are they going to run U.S. HealthCare? …

AP Politics ✔@AP_Politics 

BREAKING: The Associated Press is unable to declare a winner of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses because of irregularities in this year's process and the tight margin between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. 

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LaRose urges people using social media to think before they share, because posting can be viewed as validating information for friends.