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No proof for conspiracy theory of secret watermarks on Ariz. ballots

Facebook posts: An audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Ariz., “is confirming the rumors that real ballots have a special watermark.”

PolitiFact’s ruling: False

Here’s why: Nearly six months after Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump, contractors hired by Arizona Senate Republicans are auditing results in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and the state Capitol, where some Republicans have made allegations of widespread voter fraud.

These claims have been dismissed in court and refuted by a sampled hand count of ballots. Maricopa also hired two independent firms to conduct a forensic audit of its tabulation equipment. The audit found no abnormalities.

But a new spin on an old conspiracy theory has emerged during the recount. It builds on a debunked narrative that Trump’s administration put secret watermarks on official ballots to trick cheating Democrats. (Pants on Fire!)

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