by CELINA ARZOLA
Donald J. Trump seems to be citing unsubstantiated urban myths and contested academic study to paint a false narrative about rampant voter fraud. Trump called on supporters to turn out in droves on Election Day to monitor polling places, telling them they need to be vigilant against widespread voter fraud and a rigged outcome.
“Voter fraud is all too common, and then they criticize us for saying that,” he said at a rally Tuesday in Colorado Springs. “But take a look at Philadelphia, what’s been going on, take a look at Chicago, take a look at St. Louis. Take a look at some of these cities, where you see things happening that are horrendous.” Trump’s language has stirred increasing fears of intimidation of minorities inside polling places.
Trump claimed “people that have died ten years ago are still voting,” citing a report that found 1.8 million deceased people remain on voter registration rolls. But the report did not find evidence of wrongdoing, and numerous studies have found such voter fraud is virtually nonexistent.
For weeks, Trump has been warning about rigged elections. He urged his supporters in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 10 to monitor polls and “watch other communities, because we don’t want this election stolen from us.”
In a speech in Wisconsin on Oct. 17, Trump provided some details and purported evidence to back up his claims about the prevalence of voter fraud, particularly by non-citizens and people casting ballots on behalf of deceased voters. But his evidence is lacking in authenticity.