Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is pointing to the trend of overturning voter ID laws as an opportunity to create fraud, while continuing to warn that the election may be “rigged" against him.
In an interview for "The O’Reilly Factor" on Fox News, Trump said he was concerned about voter fraud and election tampering, especially in the wake of recent court decisions overturning voter ID laws.
“Court decisions are coming down saying you don’t need voter ID to vote,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly on August 2. “It’s a little scary, maybe people are going to in and vote 10 times, maybe. Who knows?”
These comments follow days of repeated warnings that the November general election may be rigged in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump called on Republican voters to be vigilant, telling them to watch carefully or the election could be “taken away from us.”
“If the election is rigged, I would not be surprised,” Trump told The Washington Post on the same day. “The voter ID situation has turned out to be a very unfair development.”
Laws requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote have been struck down by federal courts in a number of states, including Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas. Five such laws have been struck down in five different states since July 18, reports NPR.
Proponents of voter ID laws say these policies are necessary to prevent voter fraud, and that possession of an ID is a reasonable minimum for voting access.
Opponents of ID requirements say they are aimed as disenfranchising minority voters because low income and minority voters are less likely to have government photo identification, and obtaining one can present a financial or logistical burden, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Clinton has repeatedly denounced voter ID laws, calling one such policy in Alabama “a blast from the Jim Crow past,” reports The Hill.
Many experts say voter ID laws would affect mostly Democratic-leaning voters, so recent court decisions striking down ID requirements allegedly help Clinton’s chances of winning in November.