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Donald Trump supporters who have claimed that the names of dead people were used to cast votes in the recent presidential election are facing a bit of a set-back after some of the 'dead' have spoken out to confirm they are very much alive and kicking.
Even before Joe Biden was announced the winner, Trump supporters were sharing unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.
One theory that gained some popularity online, was the idea 'dead people' had cast votes in the election.
Twitter-user Essential Fleccas claimed there were '10,000 people' who were 'confirmed deceased' who requested and returned ballots in Michigan.
However, now some of those named in the list have spoken to the BBC to confirm they aren't dead after all.
Maria Arredondo from Michigan, who was on the list, told the BBC: "I may be 72. But I'm alive and breathing. My mind is working fine and I'm healthy."
While retired teacher Roberto Garcia (pictured above), who was also on the list, said: "I'm definitely alive and I definitely voted for Biden - I would have to have been dead to vote for Trump."
The BBC pointed out what it called a 'fundamental problem' with such lists because of the likelihood of people being born on the same day with the same name in a country the size of the US (which has a population of 328 million).
In fact, of a random selection of 31 people from the Michigan list, the BBC were able to speak directly to 11 of them - or else speak to a close family member or care home worker - to confirm they were alive.
And for 17 others, they were unable to find any public record of their death, they actually found 'clear evidence that they were alive after the alleged date of death on the list of 10,000'.
Three on the list were confirmed dead, but when the BBC examined the circumstances it wasn't so straight-forward.
Two men on the list who had died were found to have sons who had the same names as themselves and were registered at their deceased fathers' addresses.
In both these cases, a ballot had been sent in for the dead fathers, with local election officials telling the BBC one of the votes had indeed been counted but there had been no record of the son's vote.
In the other case, the son had actually voted but it had been recorded as his father's vote on account of a clerical error.
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