The New York City Board of Elections shows off its anti-fraud voting system ahead of election day. Paul Chapman reports.
(Reuters) – Donald Trump’s repeatedly talked of vote-rigging in Tuesday’s polls although he’s provided scant evidence to back it up.
In the wake of his allegations New York City’s Board of Elections has been showing its electronic system designed to wipe out mistakes and fraud by voters.
The system was designed after the 2000 general election ultimately decided by the Supreme Court after a contest recount over the ‘hanging chad’ from manually-punched cards.
MICHAEL RYAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW YORK BOARD OF ELECTIONS,
“Not just the Board of Elections, every level of government from the highest level on down, has been engaged in a large-scale co-operative effort to make sure that anyone who is planning any mischief will be thwarted immediately.”
Trump’s call for his supporters to go to polling stations as unofficial monitors in some battleground states has been controversial.
Many voters in Democrat-leaning Pennsylvania, one of the battleground states, say they oppose such a scheme.
TOMASINA CALDERON, DENTAL ASSISTANT, RESIDENT OF NORTH-EAST PHILADELPHIA,
“For someone to watch me, make sure I don’t do something that I shouldn’t be doing and that I have done for years and years over, I think it’s a little overkill and a little unnecessary.”
CHARLES NICHOLS, COMPUTER TECHNICIAN, RESIDENT OF NORTH PHILADELPHIA,
“We ain’t no Trump supporters around here because, number one, the name is crazy with a capital K, two Ks, he knows what I’m talking about.”
Clinton has the edge among women and minorities, Trump enjoys solid support among non-college-educated whites.
For both, the critical task is turning that support into actual votes