Why Donald Trump Is Wrong About ‘Rigged’ Elections (TIME)
Just three weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump is doubling down on his claim that the U.S. election system is “phony” and “rigged."
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 19, 2016) — By Haley Sweetland Edwards @haleybureau Oct. 18, 2016
Just three weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump is doubling down on his claim that the U.S. election system is “phony” and “rigged”—language that threatens to undermine the legitimacy of both the results of the election on November 8 and the broader democratic process.
“Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”
But there is no evidence whatsoever that large-scale voter fraud is occurring or could easily occur, multiple state and national election officials told TIME.
“We can absolutely trust the results of the election,” said Thomas Hicks, the commissioner of the federal Election Assistance Commission, which offers guidance to state and local election boards. “The voting process is the most secure it’s ever been.”
“The idea that anyone could hack into in any meaningful way into the election system to skew the result is—it’s not even really possible,” said Merle King, the executive director for the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University. “It’s very far-fetched, actually.” ...
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