On the day after Election Day in 2020, while uncertainty still remained in a very close contest over whether incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden would win the state of Georgia, social media postings claimed that one county in the state (DeKalb) had recorded a whopping 40,000 mail-in ballots that had been disqualified for various reasons (e.g., non-matching signatures) and needed to be “cured” within a few days to be counted:
However, DeKalb County themselves debunked that claim via Twitter, stating that only about 200 ballots needed to be cured, and the affected voters were being contacted via phone or overnight mail:
Voters: there is incorrect info circulating regarding the number of DeKalb ballots that need to be cured by Friday. Currently, there are approximately 200 ballots that need to be cured and each voter is being contacted via phone or overnight mail.
— DeKalb County Votes (@DeKalbVotes) November 4, 2020
ProPublica reporter and CNN analyst Jessica Huseman also noted that 40,000 rejected ballots would be an “insanely high” amount (almost 25% of all the mail-in ballots in that county) and that the entire state of Georgia expected only about 3,000 rejections altogether:
This is *false*. This county had 170,856 mail ballots requested — 40K rejected would be insanely high for Georgia, which rejected only 1 percent of ballots during the primary.
The secretary of state's office tells me they expect around 3,000 rejections across the whole state. https://t.co/x37iytIDzA
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) November 4, 2020