Pima County Elections Director: Upcoming election is not rigged - Tucson News Now

Pima County Elections Director: Upcoming election is not rigged

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Some voters are questioning the validity of the upcoming presidential election after claims from Republican nominee Donald Trump's campaign that it's rigged. 

A new CNN study shows there have been 13 cases of voting fraud in Arizona between 2000 and 2011.

But Election Director Brad Nelson with the Pima County Elections Department said when it comes to this election, there should be no questions. 

It is not rigged.

He explained none of the machines used to count the ballots are connected to the internet, so no outside influences can affect the results.

He also said there is key card access to the room where votes are counted, as well as a camera on the ceiling so voters can see exactly what is going on election night.

Nelson said when it comes to absentee ballots, poll workers make sure to verify signatures.

He said FBI handwriting experts can be called in to help verify names.

Staff will also reach out to the voter to make sure voters are who they say they are.

For those who vote in person, poll workers are a mix of Republicans and Democrats to make sure everything is fair and accurate.

There are also poll marshals at polling places.

Their role is to make sure there isn’t any intimidation or campaigning.

Nelson said the police will be called if necessary.

“If you are in the elections business, you are going to make sure everything is fair," he said. "It is one of the things that I really like about elections is that ballot, once it's cast, has the same power, if you will, regardless of how wealthy you are, the gender you are, the political party - it is your voice and we take it very seriously."

Nelson said although claims of a rigged election is at the top of many voter's minds, his biggest concern is making sure people get to the right polling place.

He said many people just come out to vote every four years, and their polling location may have changed.

He encourages people to call the Pima County Recorder’s office to make sure they are still registered to vote and then find out their correct location.

Their number is (520) 724-4350. You can also visit their website, HERE: http://tucsonne.ws/1WBdPo8

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