AL Sect. of State weighs-in on voter fraud following Trump tweet

Published: Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:09 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:27 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The election may have happened more than 20 days ago, but debates over possible voter fraud are once again in the headlines after a tweet from President-Elect Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted, "In Addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally."

Neither Trump, nor his administration, has produced credible evidence that "millions" of people voted illegally. However, in a follow-up tweet, Trump said Virgina, California and New Hampshire were all sights of serious voter fraud.

"We have not seen any level of inconsistency which would indicate that there is a need for concern where there has been a large number of people who have been registered to vote who should not be registered to vote," explained Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill. "We have not seen any level of inconsistency which would indicate that there is a need for concern. Everybody wants honest and fair elections."

Virginia's Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, was more blunt about voter fraud.

"We do not have one instance of that happening," McAuliffe said. "All I say is when you make an allegation, put proof behind it. Every single organization that does political fact-checking has that as 100 percent erroneous."

Merrill did not dismiss voter fraud, but he did wonder why Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Dr. Jill Stein are all dealing with voting issues so long after a landslide election in the Electoral College.

Merrill wants to reassure Alabamians that they can trust the process and that their votes counted.

"The thing we are most concerned about, and that means the most to us, is the integrity and credibility of the election system and election process in the great state of Alabama." Merrill said.

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