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Spicer: Trump's Call For Vote Probe Not Just About 2016 Election

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 02:08 PM

President Donald Trump's call for an investigation into alleged voting irregularities aren't only about the results of the 2016 election, but about the "integrity of our voting system," even while investigators just after the election did not turn up evidence of fraud in some states, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during Wednesday afternoon's White House press briefing.

"California and New York, we did not look at them in particular," Spicer commented. "As the president has noted before, he campaigned to enact the Electoral College, not the popular vote."

In smaller states, such as Maine, where there was just one electoral vote at play, "you do not spend a ton of time" campaigning, Spicer said, although Trump did not actively campaign in states where more electoral votes were in play, like California.

"There are big states, very populous states in urban areas where you would have spent more time campaigning, but he played the game according to the rules of the game which is an electoral strategy," Spicer said. "That being said, I think when you look at where a lot of potential of where these issues could have occurred and bigger states, that is where we are going to look. I think there will be more on that as the week goes on to examine that further."

The ultimate goal of a probe, though, is to "ensure that we know that every person's vote counts equally as the next to citizens is probably one of the greatest things we can do."

And while there are already reviews in place, a study is still needed, as there are "a lot of people that are dead on the rolls, people that are on the rolls in two different states, sometimes three different states."

Taking the steps to study and extract what can be done to understand the scope of voter fraud and how to stop the problem from going forward is "something that is definitely clearly in the best interest."

Newsmax's John Gizzi, attending the press conference, asked Spicer if adopting voter identification nationwide is something Trump would support, and the press secretary said the first priority is to understand the scope of the problem, and some of the recommendations could include a push for voter ID laws.

"Right now we have 50 states and territories that all have various different IDs, and I know there is some compliance issues to make sure, but part of that is to figure out the extent of the problem," Spicer said. "In some states, what it takes to get a driver's license might be an issue. I think we have to understand where the problem exists, how deep it goes, then suggest some remedies."

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