October 21, 2016

Fox News took a mini-segment to discuss Trump's claim that the election is rigged because of in-person voter fraud.

MARTHA MACCALLUM (CO-HOST): So, how many ballots are usually found to be fraudulently cast in a national election, Peter?

PETER DOOCY: Very few of the in-person ballots, which is what Trump and Pence are mostly talking about, but in the last national election, 2012, there were a little more than 129 million total ballots cast, 943,000 and change ended up being rejected. Those were all either provisional or absentee ballots, or ballots coming from citizens living overseas. And, the number one reason for rejection was the voter either didn't send their ballot in on time, missed the deadline. The rest mostly have to do with signatures not matching, so there is a system in place to catch inconsistencies, and it has done that hundreds of thousands of times, but Trump is alleging there are far more not being caught, and they're all against him.

So not only is Donald Trump full of malarkey in claiming that people will go to the polls and fake-vote for Clinton, most of the rejected ballots are absentee ballots that arrive after the postmark deadline.

Maybe instead of telling their domestic voters to violate election law by interfering with the voting process in majority Black precincts, the Trump campaign should tell all their overseas voters to get their absentee ballots mailed in early, starting with the "Vladimir P. of Moscow, Russia, 103073".

And in related news:

In an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" presidential election, Russia sought to send monitors to U.S. polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, Russian media revealed Thursday.

The bid was sharply rebuffed by the State Department, and one state election official threatened criminal action if Russian monitors showed up, according to state-controlled Izvestia daily and broadcaster RT.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner called the Russian effort a "PR stunt."

Huh. Kinda like the Trump campaign.

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