>> It is by far the most important vote.>> As he struggles in the polls, Donald Trump doubling down on claims of voter fraud in the upcoming presidential election. But the evidence tells a different story. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where we've been looking into allegations that the vote could be somehow tampered with or rigged.
And so far we found nothing to support Trump's claims. In fact safeguards already in place make that scenario pretty much inconceivable. First of all elections in the United States are conducted at the local level, they're not run by the federal government. So if a shadowy international cabal wanted to, say, throw the election to Hillary Clinton, they'd have to get buy-in from Republican and Democratic officials in more than 3000 counties, cities, and towns.
Not to mention the one million plus poll workers of all political stripes who work in these places.>> Voter fraud is very, very common.>> Let's look at the history. Investigations in both conservative and liberal leaning states have found scant evidence of people trying to vote twice, or otherwise manipulate the polls.
Those they have caught tend to be people who are mentally ill or confused, not hardened criminals. In fact, a Washington Post investigation found only 31 cases of documented voter fraud out of the one billion plus votes cast between 2000 and 2014.>> We're competing in a rigged election.
This is a rigged election.>> Trump has urged his supporters to keep an eye out for shenanigans at the polls, which critics say is a recipe for voter intimidation. In many states, poll observers have to work in the county where they are registered to vote. So this means that a Trump supporter from a rural part of Pennsylvania, say, can't go down to Democratic Philadelphia to monitor the vote.
That really limits what they'll actually be able to do. Even Republican officials who oppose Hillary Clinton are pushing back on Trump's claims. Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted, on Monday saying elections in America are as secure as they have ever been. House Speaker, Paul Ryan, also saying he's confident the election will be fair.
Now, Trump said in the first debate that he would abide by the results of the election. And his running mate, Mike Pence, repeating that on Sunday. We'll see if they stick to that promise.>> The righteous verdict of the American voter which is.