Public fear of voter fraud high this year
BATON ROUGE- It seems like the phones at the Secretary of State's Office have been ringing with greater ferocity this election season. The agency reports public concern about voter fraud is through the roof, probably thanks to Donald Trump insisting the election is rigged.
"It's been extremely busy especially this election cycle," said Meg Casper with the Secretary's office. "Lots of calls from concerned individuals but we've been able to keep up and get everyones questions answered."
When Louisianians cast ballots, their votes are recorded on state certified machines tested for accuracy before the election. The votes are recorded on cartridges that will be feed into counting machines on election night.
The machines aren't connected to the internet reducing the chance they'll be hacked. And all polling stations are monitored by Democrat and Republican poll watchers to prevent ballot stuffing.
"If you have any problems at the polls whether you have concerns about the machine you're using or whether you see somebody at a precinct that you think shouldn't be there, you need to immediately talk to the commissioner in charge," said Casper.
So far the only incident of voting impropriety this season was in Jefferson Parish. There, a voting machine was set aside for people in a hurry, like an express lane at the supermarket.
After it was reported, the Secretary of State's Office shut down the machine because it was being used improperly. There is no evidence any fraud occurred.