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Cat Registers, Votes In French Primary Election

| by Michael Allen
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly warned that the upcoming election is "rigged" against him, but a cat in France has proven how that country is vulnerable to voter fraud for its presidential election in 2017.

Raphaelle Besse Desmoulieres, a French journalist for Le Monde, wrote about how she registered a cat, Gaston Lecat, to vote for a Europe Ecologie (green party) candidate in the country's primary.

The cat was able to register to vote by answering some questions online that did not require the feline's identity to be verified, notes RT.com.

A voting ballot came via mail, which Desmoulieres marked as "blanc" (blank vote) and mailed back.

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"Could these fictitious registrations alter a tight outcome?" Desmoulieres asked in her article.

In response to the article, Bruno Bernard of Europe Ecologie tweeted that the cat could not vote even though his party does fight for animal rights. Bernard thanked Desmoulieres for the donation that she contributed while registering the four-legged non-voter.

The idea of cats in politics isn't foreign to the U.S. Hank The Cat ran and lost in 2012 to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida pushed back on Trump's warnings of a rigged election during a debate with Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida on Oct. 17, notes CNN.

"There is no evidence behind any of this, so this should not continue to be said," Rubio stated. "We have 67 counties in this state, each of which conduct their own elections. I promise you there is not a 67-county conspiracy to rig this election."

Murphy fired back: "I don't understand how Sen. Rubio can look himself in the mirror and still stand by Donald Trump's side after everything that's come out about him."

Rubio countered: "When [Clinton's] been caught doing all these things, [Murphy] has not once condemned her, not once pointed a finger at her, and has not once broken with her on any of her behaviors or quite frankly on any of her major policies."

Rubio asserted that "the problem is the other party has nominated someone who has violated federal law." However, FBI director James Comey did not say that Clinton had broken the law, but instead was "extremely careless" using a private email server.

When Rubio was asked if he would serve a full six-year senate term, he deferred the responsibility to God: "I will serve a full six-year term in the Senate, God willing."

Sources: RT.com, CNN, Le Monde / Photo credit: Le Monde

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