Trump’s claims spark voter fraud discussion

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The possibility of voter fraud in Colorado is a question residents might be pondering following Donald Trump’s comments over the last week.

The Republican presidential nominee planted the seed during a stop in Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

“The election is rigged,” Trump told supporters at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.

Voter Gary Lager says he’s not buying it.  He has complete faith in the democratic process.

“I have no worries at all,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for 48 years.”

During Wednesday’s final debate in Las Vegas, Trump added to it by suggesting he wouldn’t accept the outcome of the election if he lost.

The El Paso County Republican Party Chair says those claims aren’t unfounded.

“There’s history, and a lot of times the Democrats have had suspicions of outcomes of elections”, Jeff Hays said.

In 2000, Al Gore challenged the outcome of the presidential election after George W. Bush was declared the winner.

Local officials say Coloradans have nothing to worry about.

“With the paper trail and the fact that our equipment does not use the internet, Colorado residents can feel confident the results on election night will be truly accurate,” El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman said.

Some, especially from the Republican camp, suggest 2013 Democrat-backed legislation House Bill 1303 has made it easier to commit voter fraud in Colorado.

“That allowed for same-day voter registration and very flexible ID requirements. So, you can show up with a utility bill,” Hays said. “Those are the kinds of things that make voters very suspicious that the thing may be possibly be rigged.”

Broerman did not deny the flaw in the legislation.

“That is a shortcoming in the president election law and that’s something that our office and our Secretary of State Wayne Williams have testified over in the state legislature,” he said.

Broerman said there are many safeguards in place. In fact, the last case of voter fraud in El Paso County was 2009, and millions of votes have been cast since.

“It’s very rare–like one one-thousandth of a percent. Even less,” Browerman said. “But, when we catch it, we prosecute to the very fullest.”

With numbers like that, voters like Lager like their odds.

“I have total confidence, whatever the outcome,” Lager said.

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