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In the run up to the US election, many are questioning the integrity of the election. How accurate are claims that the US election is rigged?

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Claims that the US election is rigged are not accurate at all. Electoral and postal ballot fraud are often overstated and are very rare. The Trump administration's criticisms of the US election's integrity stem from fears of losing.
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Electoral fraud is extremely rare

Claims that the US election is rigged are not accurate at all. The claims of the Trump campaign regarding electoral fraud are often made without much evidence, and are therefore questionable at best.
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The Argument

The claims of the Trump campaign are often made without much evidence, and are therefore questionable at best. Trump's claim about inaccurate absentee ballots ended up being due to a technology malfunction as a high-speed scanner stopped working.[1] This meant that more than 250,000 absentee ballots, for those not voting in person in their state, sent out were inaccurate. This was simply due to an error rather than targeted electoral fraud.

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The Trump campaign has often claimed that increased postal voting due to the coronavirus pandemic will lead to tremendous electoral fraud. His campaign has claimed that voters may receive inaccurate absentee ballots (ballots for those voting outside of their state).[1] Trump may be able to declare victory on election night, based on the tally of in-person voting while many postal ballots would still need to be counted in key states. The election could in fact be rigged for Trump as the public may be confused about the election, and Trump may be able to challenge postal ballots (and even throw some out in key states).[2]

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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/54562611
  2. https://www.ft.com/content/97fdbea4-5968-4ead-9029-eb0d2c13009c
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