Verify: Can an election be rigged?

Can the election be rigged in AZ?

PHOENIX - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made claims that the election is rigged for weeks, and those claims have stuck with his fans. 

But how hard would it be to fix an election in someone's favor?

We took Sarah Tattersall, a regular voter, to get answers from the woman in charge: Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan. 

"I know she recently answered questions about this potentially rigged election," Tattersall said. "And I have serious concerns that it is."

12 News brought Tattersall to Reagan's office to ask her questions in person.

"The chance and availability of being able to rig the vote or hack the vote is slim to none," Reagan said. "The machines are not hooked up to the internet, so they're completely offline. It'd be pretty hard to hack or rig a machine that isn't hooked up to the internet."

Reagan acknowledged sometimes rogue votes get through the system, but they're the minority. And to "rig" a national election, there would have to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of votes cast in error.

"The goal is to have an election that's as free from fraud as possible," Reagan said. 

Tattersall said she was worried her vote could be canceled out by an undocumented immigrant, who isn't legally allowed to vote.

Reagan explained the state's system of checks that try to prevent that from happening. When a voter presents an ID, Reagan said, that ID is checked against the state voter roll to ensure the voter is really the person standing at the polls. 

Tattersall said she was reassured by Reagan's answers, but not convinced there wouldn't be voter fraud somewhere else. 

"I'm still concerned about it," Tattersall said. "I just don't trust the Clinton machine."

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