Officials Blast ‘Rigged Election’ Rhetoric

Markeshia Ricks PhotoRepublican presidential nominee Donald Trump wasn’t at City Hall Friday, but the ghost of his words — about rigged elections and possibly refusing to accept the results if he doesn’t win the “rigged” Nov. 8 election — haunted the place.

Three elected officials banned together in a mid-morning press conference there to bust voter fraud ghosts and myths, and assure the state’s more than two million voters that the election will be tamper free.

For one thing, they said, there is very little evidence that voter fraud even occurs. For another thing, it’s hard to commit without getting caught.

“We are outraged” at Trump’s accusation of rigged elections, Mayor Toni Harp said on behalf of the hundreds of workers who are trained an sworn to dutifully administer elections and done so with integrity year after year. She called the allegations of a rigged election baseless.

“Any question about the validity of these local elections is an insult to all who work so hard to ensure accuracy and an attack at the very core of New Haven’s nature,” she added. “There have been insinuations that ‘certain areas are more prone to voting irregularities.’ Again with no substantiation. And those insinuations target minority voters who happen to be more densely concentrated in New Haven and other urban areas. As one of those minority voters I urge utter rejection of such talk, and such nonsense, and of those who insist upon repeating it.”

With just 18 days until the big showdown at the polls, political leaders across partisan lines have collectively raised their voices against allegations that the American voting system can be rigged.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro praised the state’s commitment to “fair and free elections,” pointing out that there are measure in place such as trained moderators of polling places, ballot checkers and checks of voting machines.

She said what voter suppression by intimidation occurs far more often than fraud.

“No state that has passed a strict voter ID law has been able to demonstrate or document and incidence of voter fraud,” she said. “These harmful laws are a misguided solution in search of a problem yet we hear today urban myths to paint a false picture of widespread voter fraud. Preposterous claims of a fixed election. And we know that it’s about undermining our election process. Claiming that our election process is rigged is an insult to our democracy.”

DeLauro said instead of focusing on allegations of voter fraud, the country should turn its attention to making sure that every citizen eligible to vote gets to do so. She is an original co-sponsor of a voter empowerment bill drafted by her colleague and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who was brutally beaten during the Selma to Montgomery marches for voting rights. Their bill would modernize the voting registration systems, expand early voting, require the equitable distribution of polling places and equipment, and prohibit the challenging of registration status at polling places.

Also at Friday’s press conference, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said that one of the reasons that Connecticut has a safe process is because it relies on paper. While people can now register to vote online, they still have to come in person and fill the bubble next to their candidate. They also have to provide some form of identification at the polls. She said at nearly every point of the election process there is a system for checking to make sure that fraud does not occur. Also, the machine that scans your vote is not hooked into a computer connected to the Internet, further guarding against fraud.

“You can’t hack a system that is not connected in a any way, shape or form to the Internet,” she said.

The state’s voter registration database is connected to the internet. But only a limited number of election officials can even access it, Merrill. She said cyber attacks have occurred on such databases, but only two have been successful. They happened in Arizona and Illinois, but no information was manipulated. But to that end, Connecticut is one of the states participating in “cyber cleansing” by the Department of Homeland Security.

“Despite all of this, we’re on high alert,” she said. “We have several systems in place including a program with the Connecticut Bar Association that puts 100 attorneys on standby if anything should happen at the polls. Based on the conversation I have heard nationally what I am most concerned about is voter intimidation, not voter impersonation.”

Merrill urged people who have not registered to vote to do so by Nov. 1, which is the deadline for voting in person, online or by mail. The state has already seen a surge in new voters—100,000 since Jan. 1—and another 15,000 were pulled in in the last month when the Department of Motor Vehicles started offering voter registration. She said that the state has already approached its high watermark of 2008. And there’s still time to register.

Anyone who misses that deadline in New Haven but still plans to participate in the election would have to do same-day voter registration down at City Hall. Mayor Harp urged those who do so on Election Day to arrive at City Hall early. During the last gubernatorial election City Hall was overrun with same day voters, a number of which had to leave the polls without casting a vote because they had not had the opportunity to register before the polls closed.

Harp said City Hall will be properly staffed and ready for a crowd, but “when the polls close, they close.”

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on October 21, 2016  9:57pm

You can’t hack a system that is not connected in a any way, shape or form to the Internet, she said.

Again snake-oil and three card monte being sold by Judas Goat Leaders.Wake up do not drink the kool-Aid.

The Election Won’t Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked.Zeynep Tufekci AUG. 12, 2016

How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes

With Russia already meddling in 2016, a ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize—victory on Nov. 8—would be child’s play.

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posted by: new havener on October 21, 2016  10:25pm

every denial makes me believe there is fraud occuring…

posted by: Sheldonblackwood09 on October 22, 2016  6:46am

Harp makes these statements when this is going on down the hall from her office:

Although is probably just another one of her political witch hunts, still the timing couldn’t be better.

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on October 23, 2016  12:26pm

I’ve always felt good about the fact that CT requires some form of ID in order to vote—and don’t understand why this is considered a “deterrent” to voting in some states.  However, although I myself am Unaffiliated (aka “Independent”),  New Haven Democrats—among whom Bernie Sanders had significant support—perhaps SHOULD be concerned about fraud in their own party. It’s particularly ironic that Rosa DeLauro is praising CT’s “fair and free elections”—considering the fact that DeLauro arranged for a “closed-door event with a dozen people” in New Haven, for Hillary Clinton:
>> Why “closed door”? Afraid of these Sanders supporters?
>> And what about those actors who were paid $50 to steal Sanders delegates’ seats at the DNC?
>> “Fair and free elections”, Rosa?

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on October 23, 2016  3:00pm

My bad.I forgot about her.

Bridgeport State Rep. Christina Ayala arrested on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.

posted by: Chucky_Dee on October 24, 2016  1:18pm

Well!  Perhaps they MISSED what he meant about the coordination with the so-called “unbiased” media and ‘reporting’...

But then - they wouldn’t have ever SEEN it themselves, and SURELY they aren’t reading any of the Wikileaks data which shows the role of people like Podesta…

posted by: robn on October 26, 2016  7:42am


If you’re writing about the “oversampling” emails, there is no controversy. It’s a statistical term that does not mean rigging polls.

posted by: robn on October 26, 2016  8:11am

Let’s just take a quick look at one of the Donald’s more ridiculous claims, that Hillary will get illegal immigrants to vote her into office.

About 82M people voted in the last presidential election and if we have the same turnout this year, and Hillary wins 85% as is being projected, that means her popular margin is about 30M votes. Now the Dept of Homeland Security tells us that there are about 10M illegal immigrants in the US so for Hillary to have pulled off such massive fraud, she will have had to sneak another 20M Mexicans across the border. Then she would have had to supply them with a dead persons voter ID. Then both democrat and republican poll workers (both ever present to check names at every polling place in the country) would have to be convinced that the young Mexican conspirator (a safe assumption given Mexicos low median age and the physical rigors of illegal border crossing) is an elderly white person (a safe assumption given the demographics of recently deceased Americans). Then those 20M conspirators would have to be snuck back across the border. And of course not one of the tens of thousands of domestic co-conspirators would ever open their mouth about the fraud.


posted by: robn on October 26, 2016  8:54am

Sorry but My last calc was wrong. Hillarys chance of winning is 85% with a popular vote margin of 6%. That means that she’d only need to pass off half of the illegal immigrants currently in the US as dead white folks.

Still ridiculous!

posted by: new havener on October 26, 2016  12:17pm

Voter fraud is not new in new haven, there have been absentee ballot issues and scandals for years, especially in the 70’s…this is how most “dead” people vote, and people vote in multiple constituencies at the same time. No one has the time, inclination, direction, or energy to investigate, stop, and prosecute, so it continues. I believe the instances of live bodies showing up to vote in other’s names is relatively infrequent.

New fraud with non-citizens happens when they are enrolled electronically (think motor/voter), and in person without citizenship verification (mostly in Democratic-controlled offices), are among the most prevalent examples. This is the bigger concern.

It is against the law to vote for non-citizens, illegal aliens, and felons in most places, but a minor percentage of the electorate don’t agree with the rules.

voter fraud happens.