The claims of widespread fixing of elections are not true, even though Republican nominee Donald Trump has questioned the election's integrity more flagrantly than any candidate for president has in modern times, The Washington Post reports.
Although Trump's claims are more extreme, one of the hallmarks of conservative politics has been that Democrats are rigging elections, either through the misuse of machines in cities they control or through mass voter impersonation, the Post says.
Even Republicans considered moderate have cited widespread voter fraud by leftists, such as when Sen. John McCain made that claim near the end of the 2008 presidential campaign.
This has resulted in Republicans passing legislation that makes it harder for some voters in GOP-controlled states to register this year.
Such actions have led the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to decide to deploy more than 10 times the number of observers for the U.S. elections than it did four years ago, CNSNews.com reports.
But investigations show that these claims of mass fraud are never backed up by fact and the few instances where suspicions are perhaps substantiated involve very few votes, according to the Post.
The newspaper says this is so because there are volunteer election workers from both parties who are at most polling places to prevent such abuse from happening, and even when allegations of fake registrations are made that turn out to be true, the falsehood is stopped before they turn into actual votes.
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