Social media users have been sharing content online that alleges President-elect Joe Biden’s sister – Valerie Biden Owens - is married to Stephen Owens, “the owner” of Dominion Voting Systems, which sells electronic voting hardware and software. This claim is false.
One post here reads: “Hmmm…. “Joe Biden and his brother- in-law Stephen D Owens owner of Dominion voting system! What ya got to say now????”
The post shows a photograph of Biden with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is not his brother-in-law. The original photograph can be seen on Biden’s campaign website joebiden.com/endorsements/ .
There is no evidence to show that Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, is married to Stephen Owens. She is married to John (Jack) Owens, as noted here , here , here , and www.valeriebidenowens.com/bio/ .
The posts link Valerie Biden Owens with Stephen Owens on the basis that they have the same last name. Owens is a common last name in the United States, genealogy portal Forebears said (forebears.io/surnames/owens).
A spokesperson for Dominion Voting Systems confirmed to Reuters via email that the Stephen Owens has no family ties or business affiliations with Valerie Biden Owens.
False. Joe Biden’s sister Valerie Biden Owens is not married to Stephen Owens.
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