State of­fi­cials counter Trump fears of rig­ging

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY TOM HOW­ELL JR.

Voter fraud has oc­curred in re­cent pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, of­fi­cials in key swing states say, yet its mag­ni­tude falls short of the type of sys­tem­atic cheat­ing that Don­ald Trump is proph­esy­ing.

Ohio’s sec­re­tary of state dis­cov­ered dozens of peo­ple who ap­peared to vote in two states or cast bal­lots as nonci­t­i­zens in 2012. Penn­syl­va­nia recorded 28 fraud cases from 2000 to 2016, re­sult­ing in 17 con­vic­tions on charges such as voter im­per­son­ation and fraud­u­lent use of ab­sen­tee bal­lots.

In Wis­con­sin, of­fi­cials said at­tempts to im­per­son­ate other vot­ers are rare, though ex-felons some­times man­age to vote be­fore their rights have been re­stored.

Reid Mag­ney, a spokesman at the Wis­con­sin Elec­tions Com­mis­sion, said the agency may get a cou­ple dozen of such cases out of 3 mil­lion votes cast.

An­a­lysts said those kinds of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, while se­ri­ous, wouldn’t have swung the elec­tion in any of those states, each of which Barack Obama won by tens or

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