OLYMPIA, Wash. - Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman says that Donald Trump's claim that the upcoming presidential is rigged is ludicrous.
Wyman said it was irresponsible for a candidate to be casting doubt on the election process, The Seattle Times reported Monday. Trump tweeted on Sunday that the election was being rigged in favor of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Wyman, who is the lone statewide elected Republican on the West Coast, noted that the American election system is decentralized, with votes counted by some 9,000 county auditors and other elections administrators.
"This kind of baseless accusation is irresponsible and threatens to undermine voter confidence on this most basic foundation of democracy," wrote Wyman in a statement. "I have full and complete confidence in our system. Every eligible ballot will be handled securely and will be tabulated carefully and accurately."
She says her office has received calls and emails from Trump supporters worried about voter fraud and says that Trump's efforts to undermine the legitimacy of election results "a little scary to me."
Donald Trump kept up his unprecedentedly aggressive campaign rhetoric Saturday, saying opponent Hillary Clinton should be in jail and that the media is trying to "rig" the election by reporting on numerous women who have accused him of unwanted sexual advances.
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