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Trump says voter fraud is "very, very common", but is it?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 01:53

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and some experts warn of voter fraud in the coming election, but elections officials say that's not likely. Diane Hodges reports.

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It's a common theme at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign stops. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "People that have died 10 years ago are still voting. Illegal immigrants are voting. Where are the street smarts of some of these politicians? (TRUMP SUPPORTER YELLING OFF CAMERA, 'THEY DON'T HAVE ANY') They don't have any is right. So many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is very, very common." At least one former election commission member who now works at a conservative think tank says there ARE some places where voters should worry. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HERITAGE FOUNDATION SENIOR LEGAL FELLOW AND FORMER FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION MEMBER, HANS VON SPAKOVSKY, SAYING: "States like California, which has a terrible, terrible system in voter registration - they do almost nothing to check its accuracy; Other states like Pennsylvania - Philadelphia is an example of one of the worst run election systems in the country." But elections officials say, that's just not true. Among them, Pennsylvania's Secretary of State Pedro Cortes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PENNSYLVANIA SECRETARY OF STATE, PEDRO CORTES, SAYING: "I find that assertions that talk about this rampant systemic, cohesive fraud and discrimination accusing the counties, to be irresponsible and unwarranted...especially when you know, or should know, that those assertions are not based on fact." And Philadelphia's civic group, the Committee of Seventy, says conducting massive voter fraud would be nearly impossible to carry out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAVID COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY PRESIDENT AND CEO, DAVID THORNBURGH, SAYING: "The voting machines are not connected to the internet. There is no way for the by now-ubiquitous Russian hacker to go flip a switch or write some code thousands of miles away and all of a sudden turn 10,000 votes from this column to that column. It just can't happen." Still, Trump and other Republicans continue to claim the elections are rigged, even as voters go to the polls to cast their ballots early. And Trump is still not backing down on his claim that he'll only accept the election results - if he wins.

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Trump says voter fraud is "very, very common", but is it?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 01:53