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Donald Trump cites isolated reports of voting machine malfunctions to claim "rigged system"

Republicans have long used scattered voting machine malfunctions as evidence of widespread voter fraud


Taylor Link
November 8, 2016 4:16PM (UTC)

Donald Trump has recycled stale Election Day horror stories on Fox News today to justify his paranoid suspicions of voter fraud.

"There are reports that when people vote Republican, the entire ticket switches over to Democrats. You've seen that," the GOP nominee said.

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Since the general election campaign began, Trump has repeatedly suggested that the results might be rigged. He has said that large-scale voter fraud and compromised voting booths are likely to steal the presidency from him.

In Lebanon County in Pennsylvania, voters have encountered some issues with electronic machines at polling places, according to the Lebanon Daily News. A problem with the calibration of the touch-screen machines apparently caused five or six machines to represent straight Republican tickets as straight Democratic tickets.

In each case, the problem was resolved and the voter was able to change his or her ballot, the director of the Lebanon County Bureau of Elections said.

The reports do not seem to suggest a national epidemic of faulty or unreliable voting booths. The hiccups some voters are experiencing at the polls are usual machine breakdowns.

During Trump's interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, the candidate suggested these isolated reports are harming his presidential bid.

"They’ve had a lot of complaints about that today," Trump said. "You have to be careful. We have to see what it is."

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The truth is, talk of rigged electronic-voting machines is a recurrent complaint from Republicans.

In 2012, a Breitbart headline read, "Report: Voting Machines in Battleground States Switching Romney Votes for Obama."

When asked if Trump would accept the results of the election, Trump demurred today.

"I've been using the word long before Bernie Sanders ever used it," he said. "I guess they all got it from me. I was talking about his situation. I was talking about other situations. It's largely a rigged system. And you see it at the polling booths too."

Watch the interview below, via RealClearPolitics:

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Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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