Republican presidential candidates voter rigging speech demystified
Donald Trump made himself successful in the 2016 presidential election by dispatching his mouth off to pacify his voter base, in the recent past, his has reminded people of a “rigged” election, notwithstanding a lack of data that it is.
In the past few days, Trump has explicitly raised attention about people fraudulently voting adopting the names of dead people and mentioned research revealing 1.8 million deceased people are still registered on state voter rolls.
Here’s a look at Trump’s latest claim and what the facts show:
Trump stated: “the system is completely rigged and broken. As per Pew, there are 24 million voter registrations in the United States that are either invalid or inaccurate, and when I say that, there are such inaccuracies it’s questionable. 1.8 million deceased people remain registered to vote. Some of them are voting. I wonder how that occurs. 2.8 million people remain registered in more than one state.”
The fact: The Pew Center on the States published a report in 2012 stating the nation’s voter registration system remained “plagued with errors and inefficiencies that waste taxpayer dollars, threaten voter confidence, and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections.”
The report advised states to extend online voter registration and other online means to enable voters to update their information, stating paper-based systems offered several possibilities for errors.
Trump accurately mentioned Pew’s conclusions in that release, which discovered around 24 million, or one of every eight, voter registrations remained no longer valid or significantly incorrect and that higher than 1.8 million deceased individuals were registered as voters. He also was accurate in remarking that almost 2.7 million people have registrations in more than one state.
But, a majority of states have adopted measures in recent years to address matters raised in the Pew report. Also, the Pew report does not state that any of the inaccuracies directed to a system that is exposed to extensive voter fraud.
In an update posted last week on its website, the Pew Center announced election officials have worked to update their voter registration systems.
It recorded that 40 states now grant or have passed legislation enabling online voter registration and 20 states have signed up for the Electronic Registration Information Center.
That system is governed by the states and signals election officials to situations in which a voter’s information may be out of date.
The system has communicated with more than 4.5 million people who had moved but have not updated their voter registration information, according to Pew.
Ohio is amongst the states that cooperate in the program. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, has declared voter fraud is rare and has pushed back against Trump’s allegations the election could be jeopardized.
In one case, a 54-year-old nun pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal voting after admitting she filled out an absentee ballot on behalf of a fellow nun who had recently died.
The other concerned charges that a 75-year-old man had cast an absentee ballot on behalf of his recently deceased wife.