How quotation marks turned a story about a clerical error into one about voter fraud

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A voter hands over his ballot to an election judge at a drive-through ballot drop site in Denver on June 28, 2022. State election authorities accidentally sent voter registration information to 30,000 non-citizens who are ineligible to vote, which has fed conspiracy theories about the upcoming midterms. Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

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A clerical mistake by Colorado election officials weeks ahead of the November election has taken on a conspiratorial spin, researchers found via Twitter data.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office, which

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