President Donald Trump wants ‘major investigation’ of voter fraud

Donald Trump discussed his voter fraud claims in this Oct. 24, 2016 interview with The Palm Beach Post. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Donald Trump discussed his voter fraud claims in this Oct. 24, 2016 interview with The Palm Beach Post. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

President Donald Trump, who won the presidency despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million to Hillary Clinton, called this morning  for a “major investigation into VOTER FRAUD.”

 

Trump has provided no evidence for his November claim, via Twitter, that he would have won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” He reportedly made the claim again Monday at a White House reception for congressional leaders, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about it during Tuesday’s press briefing.

 

 

 

At 7:10 a.m. today, Trump posted two tweets calling for the investigation.

 

“I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and….even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!” the president said.

 

Trump has often cited a 2012 Pew Center on the States study that found 24 million voter registrations in the U.S. are “no longer valid or significantly inaccurate,” that 1.8 million dead people remained on voter rolls and that 2.75 million people had registrations in more than one state.

But the study “found no evidence of voter fraud, either due to out-of-date records or deceased individuals still on the rolls,” its author, David Becker, said in October.

 

In an Oct. 24 interview with The Palm Beach Post, Trump was asked about the Pew study and its author’s contention that it did not point to fraud.

 

““Well then, I don’t know why he wrote the study,” Trump said.

 

A Trump spokesman has also mentioned a 2014 article by a pair of Old Dominion University professors that said more than 14 percent of non-citizens “indicated that they were registered to vote.” Their article, published by the Washington Post “Monkey Cage” blog, was disputed in a peer-reviewed article and sparked three rebuttals and a defense by the authors.

 

The lead author of the Old Dominion study said Tuesday that his research does not support the claim that non-citizen voters accounted for Clinton’s popular-vote margin.

 

In Florida, a state Trump won by 112,911 votes or 1.2 percent, top officials stood by the validity of the results.

 

Secretary of State Ken Detzner — an appointee of Republican Gov. and major Trump booster Rick Scott — is “not aware of documented findings of illegal immigrants or non-citizens voting in Florida during the 2016 General Election. We have several safeguards in place to prevent elections fraud,” a spokeswoman said today.

 

“Governor Scott is glad we had record turnout and a smooth election in Florida,” Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said this morning when asked about Trump’s concerns.

 

 

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