State officials react to Trump’s claims of voter fraud in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In a string of tweets sent out this weekend, President-elect Donald Trump again claimed widespread voter fraud across the country — including in Virginia — saying he only lost the popular vote because millions of people illegally voted for Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s claims come as recount efforts are underway in Wisconsin with similar plans for Pennsylvania and Michigan after data security experts raised concerns over possible voting discrepancies.

The president-elect sent out more tweets, including these two:

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8News reached out to the state department of elections for a response and received the following statement:

“The claims of voter fraud in Virginia during the November 8 election are unfounded. Virginia’s election was well administered by our 133 professional local registrars, with help from hundreds of election officials and volunteers who worked to guarantee a good experience for eligible Virginia voters. The election was fair and all votes cast by eligible voters were accurately counted.”

Trump’s claim was quickly denounced by congressman-elect Donald McEachin, who also released a statement saying, in part:

“Without a shred of evidence, Donald trump is recklessly alleging that millions of Americans who went to the polls and exercised their right to vote have together committed a massive, systemic crime. He is attacking the very citizens he is supposed to lead as president.”

8News also reached out to the President-elect’s office for comment but have yet to hear back.

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