Federal Elections Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub insisted Monday there is no evidence of voter fraud in the 2016 election, and President Donald Trump's claims that there were issues is "damaging to our democracy" if he doesn't have any proof.
"The people of America need to be able to believe what their leaders tell them," Weintraub told CNN's "New Day." "There was no rampant voter fraud in 2016 or any previous election. People have studied this. The government has studied this. Democrats have studied this. Republicans have studied this, and no one can find any evidence of rampant voter fraud either historically or particularly in the 2016 elections."
Sunday, Trump told reporters that "many, many people voted that shouldn't have been voting. Some people voted many times. What I'm saying is we need voter identification. We need voter ID."
"I think it is damaging to our democracy to spread information like that as if there is no proof," Weintraub told CNN. "Now, if there is proof, then we really need to be taking action about that. These are serious allegations. Law enforcement should be involved. But if there is no proof, these things shouldn't be said."
In addition, the committee chaired by Vice President Mike Pence has not produced any evidence of voter fraud either from New Hampshire or California, said Weintraub.
"In fact, I've heard from folks at the state and local level who were offended by this," she said. "They thought it was insulting to the way they ran their elections in each and every state to suggest that they would allow this kind of rampant voter fraud to go on."
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