U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is raising doubts about whether the upcoming elections will be fair.
His claims are unprecedented for a presidential candidate. CCTV America’s Jessica Stone sit down with a political observer to understand why.
Trump makes unprecedented claims of election riggingU.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is raising doubts about whether the upcoming elections will be fair. His claims are unprecedented for a presidential candidate. CCTV America's Jessica Stone sit down with a political observer to understand why.
With less than a month to go before Election Day, U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump is trailing his opponent, Hillary Clinton by at least four points in national polls.
Now, he’s regularly telling voters that the election won’t be fair.
“They even want to try and rig the election at the polling booths where so many cities are corrupt and you see that. And voter fraud is all too common,” he said.
Political analyst, Robert Moran, said no modern-day presidential nominee has ever made such accusations.
Moran also said national election fraud here is virtually impossible.
“We have several hundred thousand people running elections, and some of these people are elected at the state and local level. Many of them are volunteers. The likelihood that they could somehow collude I think is very, very low,” he said.
To prevent voter fraud — Trump is asking his supporters to monitor polling locations on Election Day. That’s raised concerns about whether voters will feel too intimidated to cast a ballot. And some elections officers are adding extra security to prevent violence.
U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to peacefully hand over power to whomever wins the election. Meantime, Moran points out there’s already an election monitoring program set up through local governments. You just sign up and show up. And elections officials make sure equal numbers of both parties participate.