ATLANTA - ATLANTA -- With just 20 days until Election Day, there’s been a lot of talk about whether this election could be rigged or impacted by fraud based on comments from Donald Trump, but is there any truth to it?
11Alive News sought to answer some of these questions about potential voter fraud and election rigging as Trump continued to make comments this week about the topic.
“People that have died 10 years ago are still voting, illegal immigrants are voting,” said Trump at a recent campaign stop.
Stop after stop, Trump has been spreading a consistent message during the week.
“They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths where so many cities are corrupt. And you see that. And voter fraud is all too common,” Trump said at another stop this week.
The question is being asked, is Trump’s message accurate?
“The empirical evidence is quite clear that we do not have large scale voting fraud in America,” said Sean Richey, Georgia State University Political Science Professor.
Richey does not agree with Trump’s claim about voter fraud and election rigging being a large scale problem.
Richey said there are checks and balances to protect from it, plus there is hard evidence.
Studies like the one from a Loyola University Professor which found 1 billion votes were cast between 2000 and 2014, and he only discovered 31 cases of voter fraud.
“There’s no way in a country of 300 million people where it would never exist but it’s not large enough to have any outcome of significance,” said Richey.
Trump's claim may not be resonating with election experts, but it is with some voters.
On the 11Alive Facebook page Shari Barrett says, “She rigged the primaries in her favor, so you know she is doing the same to the general election.”
Jason Allen said, “There are dead people voting for her u tell me it’s not rigged. You have people working polls throwing away ballots for Trump.”
11Alive Republican Political Analyst Mike Hassinger isn’t buying this idea.
“I don’t think that there’s any possibility that there could be wide scale voter fraud where you think that votes are being changed or votes are being stolen or votes are being not counted, that’s just nonsense,” he said.
President Jimmy Carter also does not agree with Trump’s claim, and he released a strongly worded statement Wednesday.
“Allegations of potential rigging of U.S. elections, as well as of widespread voter fraud, are baseless, serving only to undermine confidence in our democratic processes and inflame tensions,” he said.
Experts say this does not mean that fraud doesn’t exist, they believe it can on a small scale.
They said even at the state level it would take thousands - potentially hundreds of thousands - working in coordination to impact a presidential election.
Experts believe the evidence just does not exist.
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