PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s top elections official is criticizing Republican President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims about a rigged voting system and his pledge to order a “major investigation.”
Democratic Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said Wednesday it is “outrageous” for the president to make unsubstantiated claims about alleged widespread voter fraud.
“As Rhode Island’s Secretary of State, I am working hard to ensure that our elections are fair, fast and accurate,” said Gorbea. “Over the past two years Rhode Island has taken steps to improve the security of our voting systems so that Rhode Island voters can trust the integrity of every vote. We continue to work with local elections authorities to ensure that our voting lists are up to date and accurate. It is outrageous that the President continues to make unsubstantiated claims about alleged widespread voter fraud.”
Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering an investigation looking at those registered to vote in more than one state, those in the country illegally and dead people still on voter rolls.
Secretaries of state across the country have dismissed Trump’s voter fraud claims as baseless.
Gorbea says Rhode Island has already taken steps to improve the security of voting systems. She says she regularly works with local elections authorities to make sure voting lists are accurate and updated.