COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants to assure Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of one thing: “The election is secure, and the threat of widespread voter fraud is just not something that is happening in Ohio.”
Trump has said that this year’s presidential election might be “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton. Trump also tweeted Monday morning about widespread “voting fraud” happening in the United States.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016
Ohio has voting systems in place, like with the state’s voter ID laws, that make the state secure against attempts at rigging an election, Husted said.
“You can be an observer to make sure everything goes smoothly. And if you attempt to create voter fraud, we’ll catch you,” Husted said. “And in Ohio today, elections are more secure than they’ve ever been.”
While Husted isn’t happy with Trump’s past actions and things Trump has said, Husted said he will still be voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton this November election.
“There’s not really a choice that I think anybody in America is all that excited about," Husted said. "But in the end it’s not a referendum, it’s an election. We have to make a choice."
Liam Niemeyer is a fellow in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.