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Local officials react to "rigged" election claim by Trump

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is not letting up on his claim that the presidential election is rigged.

At a rally in Colorado he even mentioned St. Louis. 

"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," said Trump. 

Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is a Trump supporter but differs with the presidential candidate on this point. Blunt told News 4 he'll trust the outcome of the election and has faith in the voting system. 

"What really protects the system is the diversity of election administrators and just how different and diverse our system is all over the country," Blunt said.

Jason Kander is Blunt's Democratic opponent race and Missouri's top election official as the current Secretary of State. He says the state ranks eighth in terms of the quality of its administration of elections. He also criticized Trump's claims.

"It is unfair to local election authorities and the county clerks and even the folks who are volunteers on election day," said Kander.

Erwin Switzer is the recently appointed chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. He said it would be extremely difficult to rig an election. He said there are occasional instances of voter fraud, but not enough to throw an election.

"Would really have to have people voting twice and to have any impact and they'd have to be doing it hundreds of thousands of times. There are a lot of checks and balances in place to prevent anybody from voting twice, even one person," he said.

Switzer said new procedures have been put in place at the Board of Elections since a judge ruled in August that election workers mishandled absentee ballots, prompting a new election in the 78th House district.


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