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State Addresses Voter Fraud Concerns

Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 18:52:43-04

With Election Day just two weeks away, concerns over voter fraud has become a concern after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed strong feelings suggesting the election was rigged.

Election officials in the State of Tennessee held a press conference Monday to talk about what they’re doing to prevent voter fraud.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said he believes his office and all 95 counties were ready. He and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins urged that there were procedures in place to assure every vote is accounted for.

The state was responding to a series of tweets from Donald Trump blasting claims the election was rigged. Most recently, a tweet claimed there's a large scale voter fraud happening.

State officials wanted to emphasize that local election commissions make decisions about their own communities. They also said voting machines were already not connected online, in an effort to help prevent hacking.

Poll watchers were also in place, representing both parties to make sure early voting and election day go smoothly.

Goins said there were expected to be 13,000 to 15,000 poll officials this year to make sure the election was fair.

When asked what he thought of Trump's recent claims, Hargett said, “Anything that causes people to have less confidence in being able to vote, I frown upon - regardless of where that comes from.”