Erie County fakester may face criminal charges

A story was posted to Instagram saying that a poll worker in Erie County, Penn., and had intentionally disposed of ballots cast for Trump. Now he may be facing criminal charges.

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY

A person named as Sebastian Machado posted a story to Instagram saying that he had been working at a polling place in Erie County, Penn., and had intentionally disposed of ballots cast for Trump. Now he may be facing criminal charges.

After Erie County was alerted to this, they looked into it, and found that Machado was not a poll worker, and isn't a register voter in Erie County, which would prohibit him from working the polls in that county.

The county has since issued a statement from Douglas R. Smith, of the Erie County Board of Elections, saying that "Erie County has checked into the unfortunate claim being shared across social media by someone saying they are working as part of the Erie County Board of  Elections and throwing out ballots.

"The person making the statements does not work in any way with Erie County of have any part of Erie County's election process. In fact, the individual is not a registered voter and is not believed to be a resident of Erie County, PA.

"Erie County Board of Elections takes the integrity of the election process very seriously, and we are proud that the people working on behalf of the voters in Erie County do so in a nonpartisan, fair and unified fashion for the betterment of our community.

"I have spoken with Sheriff Loomis to verify if this person is a resident. Because this is now part of an ongoing investigation to pursue potential criminal charges, no further statement will be made on this matter."

"We can confirm that he doesn't appear to be an Eris County resident or associated with Erie County in any way," said a person on the other end of the line at the Erie County Board of Elections, who stated further that they couldn't comment on it.

A reach out via Instagram message to Machado went unanswered.

Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes are in contention Tuesday night as the final hours of polling draw to a close. Tuesday saw some confusion at Pennsylvania polling places, as poll workers and poll watchers had trouble seeing eye-to-eye as to where the job of the poll watchers began.


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