Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated his concern that the election will be “rigged” in the wake of federal court decisions striking down laws in several states requiring people to show state-issued IDs before being allowed to vote.
Trump first said the election could be rigged at a rally Monday in Ohio. When asked to elaborate on it by Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, Trump said voter ID laws prevent people from trying to vote multiple times.
Federal appellate courts have sided with civil rights groups in North Carolina, Texas and elsewhere, finding the voter ID laws, many of which contain other restrictions on issues like early voting, have the effect of targeting the poor and minorities. Studies show they are less likely to have state-issued IDs like a driver’s license and could face transportation hurdles or work conflicts on Election Day, and thus rely more on early voting.
Trump said the decisions open the door for fraud by people who are gaming the system to vote multiple times.
“The whole thing with voter ID identification I think is really — I mean people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe,” Trump said. “Who knows? They are going to vote 10 times. I am very concerned and I hope the Republicans are going to be very watchful and I hope the authorities are going to be very watchful. Because I want to tell you — I believe it’s going to, just like Bernie Sanders. ‘I said it was rigged,’ well it’s rigged here, too, believe me. So I just hope the Republicans are going to be very watchful.