Election officials feared the worst. Here's why baseless claims haven't fueled chaos

Ahead of the 2022 midterms, election officials across the country ramped up their social media efforts by leveraging strategies used by those who spread disinformation, with many local governments using templates created by the National Association of State Election Directors. Officials also used social media to quell rumors and conspiracy theories in the midst of the election, such as in Maricopa County, where quick online outreach about technical difficulties with voting machines resulted in less online speculation than the county experienced in 2020.

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