County clerk on debunking social media comment: No, 'Trump' ballots weren't trashed
No, ballots weren't tossed in a trash can on Election Day as one social media comment claimed, says Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller.
In a comments section on KY3's Facebook page, a profile identified as "Calypso Nylund" stated that they work for "Green county" and counted ballots.
"You will be happy to know I accidentally dropped several 'Trump' ballots into the trashcan," Nylund claimed. "I did my part to help."
Greene County Clerk's Office responds
During a phone call with the News-Leader, Schoeller said no such person has worked or works for the Greene County Clerk's Office.
"We went through all the names of everyone who has helped us in the office temporarily as well as everyone who was there as a bipartisan team that was going through the absentee ballot process, and no one of that name has worked here," Schoeller said.
The Secretary of State has already turned this matter over to the appropriate federal authorities, he said.
"KY3 informed me that they have banned the person from their Facebook page because they don't believe it's valid," Schoeller said Wednesday.
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Schoeller offered more insight into what goes on inside the elections center when a bipartisan team counts ballots.
"For example, there's one trash can in the entire room and it was at the very front with the election coordinator," Schoeller said.
This is the second time Schoeller has had to debunk false claims regarding an election. In 2018, a couple claimed on social media that they went to several polling precincts to vote multiple times. When Schoeller was notified, he said law enforcement officials investigated and learned that the couple thought it would be "funny" to lie. Schoeller said they only voted once.
Sara Karnes is a breaking news reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Got a story to tell? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.