- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is providing more details about his fear of a “rigged” November election, pointing to recent decisions on voter identification laws and saying people might end up voting 10 times.

“I’m looking at all of these decisions coming down from the standpoint of identification, voter ID, and I’m saying what do you mean? You don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote?” Mr. Trump said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday.

“And it’s a little bit scary, and I’ve heard a lot of bad things, I must say,” he said. “Four years ago, I was hearing a lot of bad things having to do with the Romney campaign where when the vote came out, there were some districts that were really shockingly different from what they were anticipated to be.

“And I’ve been seeing it and I’ve been hearing it a lot,” Mr. Trump said. “But the whole thing with voter ID, identification. … I mean, people are going to walk in — they’re going to vote 10 times, maybe — who knows?”

Last week, a federal appeals court struck down a voter ID law in North Carolina, finding a series of provisions lawmakers approved several years ago were “enacted with racially discriminatory intent.”

Earlier this week, a federal judge also ruled against a voter ID law in North Dakota. In recent years, courts have also ruled against voter ID laws in states like Wisconsin and Texas.

Critics say such laws can disproportionately affect minorities, the poor and the elderly, while proponents say they’re intended to stamp out voter fraud.

“So I am very concerned and I hope the Republicans are going to be very watchful,” Mr. Trump said. “And I hope the authorities are going to be very watchful.”

“Just like Bernie Sanders, I said it was rigged — well, it’s rigged here, too, believe me,” he said.

Mr. Trump had raised his concern that the fall election could be “rigged” on the campaign trail earlier this week.

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