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Soros not owner of company that assembles voting machines

November 1, 2018

CLAIM: George Soros owns SmartMatic voting machines

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. George Soros, a philanthropist who donates to liberal political causes, does not own a company that assembles voting machines, despite what a photo circulating online suggested. 

THE FACTS: While the chairman of SmartMatics and the SGO Group, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, serves on the Open Society Foundations Global Board -- founded by George Soros -- SmartMatics is not owned by Soros himself, despite what a photo circulating widely on social media suggested. 

The photo circulating on Facebook said, “ALERT: On Election Day if your voting machine is a SmartMatic brand request a paper ballot. SOROS owns SmartMatic brand. Under Fed Law u r entitled to a paper ballot. The following States have SmartMatic voting machines: AZ, CO, FL, VA, MI, NV, PA, CA, DC, IL, LA, MO, NJ, OR, WA, WI.”

The company’s website, smartmatic.com, noted that “George Soros does not have and has never had any ownership stake in Smartmatic.” 

While the photo is correct in stating that SmartMatic machines are located in 16 states, not every state allows voters to request a paper ballot. Five states -- Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina -- are only allowed to vote in November 2018 through a machine. Twenty one states require only paper voting or voting by mail, and 24 states allow voters to vote only by paper ballots of electronic voting machines. 

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536 

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The Associated Press reviewed this story after it was surfaced to third-party fact checkers as part of an initiative with Facebook to assess the accuracy of news content.

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