The Texas elections office isn’t calling for increases in voter security throughout the state, despite widespread concern over Donald Trump’s claims of a “rigged election.” Secretary of State spokeswoman Alicia Pearce said the office isn’t advising precincts to ramp up security past the usual protocol because Texas’ voting system doesn’t lend itself easily to organized voter fraud. “It is incredibly decentralized. That’s 254 entities across the state using a variety of voting equipment,” Pearce said. “That sort of decentralization coupled with our cross-checks would make predetermining election night results nearly impossible.” The Republican presidential nominee set off a flurry of anxiety among voters this week with his comments. His running mate, Mike Pence, explained that they were in reference to biased coverage, but Trump tweeted Sunday that he was also speaking about fraud in polling locations.
Trump has since sent out multiple tweets expanding on that train of thought and pointing to voter fraud as a major issue in this election.
Voting administrators at the Dallas County and Collin County elections departments said their processes are secure and they won’t be taking additional steps to increase security.
“In our Election Day polling locations and also in early voting, our election equipment is not connected to the internet in any possible way,” Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said. “As far as rigging the election, we have equal Democrats and Republicans there with qualifying the voters and assisting the voters.”