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Study: Americans more likely to be struck by lightning than to engage in voter fraud

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A record turnout is expected for the June 7 primary. (MTN News file photo) A record turnout is expected for the June 7 primary. (MTN News file photo)
MISSOULA -

Republican Party Presidential nominee Donald Trump is doubling down on his accusations of voter fraud, insisting the only way he could lose the election is if it is rigged.

"The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect Hillary Clinton president," said Trump at a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Saturday.

This isn't the first time the real estate mogul turned GOP nominee has made claims of election rigging. He first suggested a loss to Hillary Clinton would only be possible through voter fraud in mid-September

However, the non-partisan Brennan Center says that's extremely unlikely

They found that not only is voter fraud is extremely rare, but that the average American is more likely to be struck by lightning than participate in voter fraud. 

That sentiment shared by Missoula County Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors.

"If it shows that you appear at your polling place, and it shows that an absentee ballot has already been mailed, you have to vote a provisional ballot that day, and that gives us time to make sure that only one ballot was accepted,” said Connors. “And so we have that safety net here at the fairgrounds, at our polling places on Election Day that really ensures that only one person, one vote."

Early voting has already begun in Missoula County.

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