Election officials say Trump’s baseless tweets about voter fraud in Virginia are unfounded

Posted at 11:50 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 15:57:56-05

RICHMOND, Va. – President-elect Donald Trump took to twitter Sunday night, claiming there was serious voter fraud in Virginia, along with California and New Hampshire, but without providing any evidence.

Monday, several Democrats, including Governor Terry McAuliffe, dismissed the accusations, saying they were baseless.

The Commissioner of Elections, Edgardo Cortes, also rejected Trump's claims.

“The claims of voter fraud in Virginia during the November 8 election are unfounded," Cortes said.  "Virginia's election was well administered by our 133 professional local registrars, with help from hundreds of election officials and volunteers who worked to guarantee a good experience for eligible Virginia voters. The election was fair and all votes cast by eligible voters were accurately counted."

John Fredericks, the former chair of Trump's Virginia campaign, defended Trump, insisting there were several isolated cases of fraud in the state prior to the election, although none during or after.

Those would amount to a handful among the nearly four million votes cast.

After saying there may have been "hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes cast in Virginia," without offering any proof, Fredericks insisted the integrity of the election process was in question.  He also sought to clarify what, exactly, Trump was insinuating.

“All President-elect Donald Trump is saying is we need to get under this to protect the sanctity of the Virginia voter," Fredericks said, again without shedding light on the specific cases Trump may have been talking about.

Virginia State delegate Jennifer McClellan, (D) demurred, saying Virginia's election process is just fine.

"I think there are several safeguards in place to identify irregularities when they happen," she said.

Trump also tweeted Sunday that millions of people voted illegally, costing him the popular vote but again, he did not cite any evidence of any voter fraud. Not one case.

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