Mis- and Disinformation

Mis- and disinformation are widespread in elections, especially during federal election cycles. Misinformation may consist of false rumors and misconceptions about elections, while disinformation could be targeted messages spread to purposely mislead voters.

Voters should look to trusted sources of information about elections, including the State Board of Elections and county boards of elections. The State Board works diligently to combat misinformation through social media, press releases, a newsletter, mailings and this webpage. With this webpage, we strive to:

  • Highlight State Board efforts to combat mis- and disinformation
  • Debunk common myths and falsehoods about elections
  • Explain how voters can help fight against and reduce misinformation

Actions Taken Against Misinformation

In North Carolina, state and county election officials work hard every day to improve processes and increase election security to promote voter confidence. We endeavor to educate the public about election processes and security by providing trusted and vetted information.


Misinformation can lead to confusion and erode the public’s trust in elections. We aim to educate and serve as a trusted source of election information through our social media posts. View all of our “Mythbuster Monday” series posts at the Mythbuster Archive.

For trusted election information, follow the North Carolina State Board of Elections on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. Submit your email address to receive our press releases under “Receive Email Updates” at the bottom of this website.

How We Ensure Your Vote Counts

Learn the facts on how elections are secured. For more, go to the Election Security page.

Webpage Description
Investigations Division Learn about the State Board’s Investigations Division, including what our investigators do and the types of cases they oversee and refer for prosecution.
Post-Election Procedures and Audits Read about the post-election processes of the State Board and county boards of elections, including canvass, audits and election certification.
Cybersecurity Find important details about how the State Board and county boards of elections secure elections through partnerships with state and federal agencies.
10 Facts About Election Security See 10 ways elections are secured in North Carolina, from audits to testing and certification of voting systems.

Confirming Reality

We communicate the truth as promptly as possible whenever we learn of widespread misconceptions or misinformation.

Date Reality Confirmed Webpage
Sep 8, 2021 Bipartisan election officials have confirmed that the 2020 election results were credible, accurate, and secure. Response to Calls for a Forensic Audit of 2020, Random Opening of Voting Machines
Jul 20, 2021 There is no credible evidence that the certified results of the 2020 general election are not accurate. 2020 Election Certification
Nov 11, 2020 Vote counting is lawfully conducted and results are audited. 4 Facts About the Vote-Counting Process in NC
Nov 5, 2020 Voter history takes time to upload after every election. How to Know Your Vote Counted in North Carolina
Oct 15, 2020 Election workers do not invalidate ballots when they write on them. In North Carolina, Election Workers Must Write on Your Ballot
Oct 2, 2020 Photographing your ballot is illegal in North Carolina. State Board Reminds Voters Not to Photograph Their Ballots
Sep 17, 2020 The statewide election management system does not allow a voter to vote twice in an election. Statement on Mecklenburg County Ballot Issue
Sep 3, 2020 It is illegal to vote twice in an election. A Message from Karen Brinson Bell to NC Voters

What You Can Do

Think Before You Link

When sharing posts, use trusted sources such as the State Board of Elections or your county board of elections. Bad actors and foreign adversaries create fake websites and social media posts that look legitimate. Before sharing, research the source and confirm the accuracy of the information.

Learn how to spot inauthentic content, which is a common technique that disinformation actors use to spread misinformation and malinformation. Download Tools of Disinformation: Inauthentic Content (PDF), a fact sheet from the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

Listen to Trusted Sources

Make the State Board of Elections or your county board of elections your first choice for accurate election information. Questions? Contact the State Board or your county board of elections.

Stop the Spread of Misinformation

When seeking out election news, you can help slow the spread of misinformation. When reading, listening, or watching:

  • Research the source or outlet (Search online for “media bias chart” to gather general information on political leanings of news sources.)
  • Use nationally reputable sources
  • Think critically about the information
  • Seek balance in the viewpoints you’re consuming
  • View the opinion section on sites as just that — opinion

Know Your News Sources

During election cycles, many outlets — both reputable and non-reputable — share elections-related information. Take the following steps to ensure you’re receiving news from a trusted source:

  • Research the author to ensure they’re a real person
  • Check the date to ensure it is recent
  • Make sure the content matches the headline
  • Consider whether arguments are supported by facts and research
  • Check to see if any other news sources are reporting the information
  • Check the author’s sources
  • Check the site’s sponsors

For more information, download CISA’s fact sheet: Question the Source (PDF).

Report Misinformation on Social Media

If the information you encounter on social media is false, offensive or harmful, report it.

Platform Where to Report
Facebook Mark a Facebook Post as False News or How to Report Things
Instagram Reducing the Spread of False Information on Instagram
LinkedIn Recognize and Report Spam, Inappropriate, and Abusive Content
Twitter Report a Tweet, List, or Direct Message

Report Misinformation to the State Board

See something about elections that’s confusing, sensationalistic or decreases your confidence in elections? It might be mis- or disinformation. The State Board of Elections would like to hear about it. You can email us at misinformation@ncsbe.gov. We will research the claims or posts and respond accordingly.

If the misinformation is about election processes or administration, the State Board may report it to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for further action. If it's on a social media platform, the State Board may report it to that platform.

Learn More on the Topic of Mis- and Disinformation

Inform yourself of the facts with more online resources from trusted institutions below.

Trusted Resources
Rumor Control | CISA
Misinformation Archive | Pew Research Center