The “Data Integrity Group” and its Claims of Election Fraud Debunked

Video that falsely claims over 400,000 votes were “removed” from Trump in Pennsylvania.

Credibility of Researchers

Before I dove into the numbers, I wanted to find out anything I could about the people in the video and about The Data Integrity Group in order to get a sense of likely potential bias or conflicts of interest. The four members of the group that were interviewed are Lynda McLaughlin, Justin Mealey, Dave Lobue and John Basham, the latter three of which are presented as technical data experts and McLaughlin their ‘Communications Director’.

Credibility of Claims

While this video is heavily-laden with different claims of “irregularities” in voting data, which the group claims overwhelmingly favor Biden, it’s very thin on actual evidence. There are a few graphs and charts presented in the first minute of the video, but the remaining 49 minutes are just spoken interviews with the Data Integrity Group team, who present some specific quantitative claims, a few vaguely technical statements and lots of speculation. I also watched a shorter video on Mealey’s Rumble page about Pennsylvania that has a few additional charts and claims and looks to be a precursor to the The Epoch Times piece.

Chart shown in both videos showing supposed removal of 145k votes from Trump in Allegheny County, PA
Chart shown in the shorter video contrasting Biden’s vote pattern to Trump’s in Allegheny County, PA
Snapshot of Allegheny Co., PA absentee voting data in the county-level dataset I downloaded from Mealey’s page. Values exactly match those shown in the videos’ bar charts for this county.
Comparison of votes over time by vote-type in Allegheny Co., PA. showing more votes ‘removed’ fromTrump’s absentee total early on but more ‘removed’ from Biden’s in-person totals in the same timespan. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Chart shown in shorter video pointing to “removal” of 66k Trump votes in Lehigh County, PA
Vote comparison in Lehigh Co., PA. showing higher ‘vote removal’ for Biden compared to Trump. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Chart shown in shorter video pointing to “removals” of Trump votes in Chester County, PA
Vote comparison in Chester Co., PA. showing decrements for both candidates. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Vote comparison in Armstrong Co., PA. showing ‘switching’ that favors Trump. Absentee vote totals are likely small and folded in to the ‘in-person’ values. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Vote comparison in Carbon Co., PA. showing labeling of votes as absentee at the end of the counting process. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Vote comparison in Bibb Co., GA. showing ‘vote switching’ in favor of Biden. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Vote comparison in Mitchell Co., GA showing ‘vote switching’ in favor of Biden. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Vote comparison in Fulton Co., GA. Charts created in R Studio. Data source: The Data Integrity Group
Snapshot from the longer video showing a slide from The Data Integrity Group’s testimony to GA state officials.
Chart shown in shorter video showing outlier value in Allegheny Co. voting district.

Credibility of Video Publisher

This brings me to my final major point of investigation, which regards the overall credibility of the media publisher responsible for this video, The Epoch Times.

Conclusions

We live in a pretty terrible age of (mis)information, with so much media content across the political spectrum having no factual basis. Outlets that exist on the fringe are even less trustworthy, as they are subject to less public scrutiny, which affords them with more latitude to bend truths and cater to the fears or anxieties held by specific subsets of people. When I last checked, the Epoch Times video had almost 380k views and the shorter video over 750k, with thousands of comments by people incensed about election theft, calling for officials to be jailed or worse. I can’t help but wonder how many people watched this video and then decided to buy a plane ticket to help storm the Capitol on January 6. Or how many people gained a newfound sense of allegiance, respect, or membership with extremist groups whose senses of purpose are founded on lies like these.

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Nick Depsky

Nick Depsky

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Interested in Science & Politics. PhD Student studying Climate Change and Migration