Republican and Democratic party officials, on Sunday reacted to claims by Donald J. Trump that the election process is being rigged.
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Mr. Trump’s claim was considered a vivid illustration of how he plans to shatter American political norms through conspiracy between the news media and the Democratic Party since he had no evidence to support his claim.
According to reports, Mr. Trump’s words, appear to be having an effect on his supporters and is setting off deep concern among civil rights groups.
According to an Associated Press poll last month, only one-third of Republicans said they had a great deal of confidence their votes would be counted fairly. Meanwhile, election officials are worried that Mr. Trump’s continued pressing of the issue during rallies could dampen or cause his supporters to deny the legitimacy of the results if he loses.
Jon A. Husted, the secretary of state of Ohio, while reacting to this also said:
“We have made it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” we are going to run a good, clean election in Ohio, like we always do. He further noted that American elections are, unlike like those in many democracies, largely decentralized, rendering the possibility of large-scale fraud extremely unlikely since the balloting in many of the hardest-fought states will be overseen by Republican officials who would be highly unlikely to consent to helping Mrs. Clinton rig the vote.
Chris Ashby, a Republican election lawyer, who said Mr. Trump’s attacks on the electoral process were unprecedented and risked causing a fiasco also, said that Mr. Trump was “destabilizing” the election by encouraging his supporters to deputize themselves as amateur poll monitors, outside the bounds of the law, adding that this is going to create a disturbance in polling places across the country, which is very, very dangerous.