Trump warns of widespread voter fraud; local officials not worried

13News Now Eric Kane has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ramped up his claims of a "rigged" election, but local election officials have not reported widespread voter fraud in Hampton Roads.

Monday morning Trump tweeted: Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!

In Virginia Beach, the second largest voter jurisdiction in the state, the voter registrar was busy registering people before the deadline Monday.

"It doesn't happen much," said Donna Patterson, Virginia Beach's Director of Elections. "You hear about it in the news, but I don't really have any cases to talk about right now in Virginia Beach."

Officials in Hampton and Chesapeake said they turned over a handful of questionable voter applications to law enforcement for review, but did not report any widespread issues.

Dale Birdsong, who recently moved to Shore Drive from Franklin, came out of the registrar's office confident her vote would count on November 8.

"The election all these hundreds of years have never been rigged," Birdsong said. "They've never been dishonest, no I just don't think that's right. I don't think that's a good thing to say."

 


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