State election officials said Tuesday they have seen no evidence of voter fraud and are not concerned the system is compromised despite unsubstantiated claims by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that balloting in the U.S. is rigged. “I am a Republican, and I have 1,000 percent faith in the New Jersey election system,” Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi said. Phyllis Pearl, the Camden County superintendent of elections for nearly 15 years, said she has “never had problems with voter fraud. As an election official, I take it personally. I’m here to maintain integrity of elections for voters and for all candidates regardless of party,” said Pearl, who was appointed by former Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. The Associated Press reached out to officials in all 21 New Jersey counties. Ten officials responded and said they had seen no evidence of fraud.
Tuesday was the deadline to register to vote on Nov. 8 for races including the presidential battle between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. The deadline passed as Trump increased his claims the election will be a fraud, tweeting Saturday the race “looks like a rigged election.”
While Republican Gov. Chris Christie, a top Trump surrogate who chairs his transition team, has scaled back his public comments on the election, he has said he doesn’t see any evidence of vote rigging.
“I think the American people … have faith in the efficacy of our election system,” he said in August.