Poll: Michigan voters mostly confident in election integrity

Experts reject recent claims of a 'rigged' election

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — While the majority of Michigan voters are sure that their ballot in the Nov. 8 general election will be counted correctly, nearly a quarter are not confident in the process, a new poll shows.

EPIC-MRA pollsters asked Michigan citizens how confident they are that ballots cast across the nation will be counted accurately and that there will not be any fraud that could cause the results of the election to be rigged.

According to results released Friday, 62 percent said they are confident the election will be fair. Fourteen percent said they were only a little confident. Twenty-two percent said they were not confident at all. Two percent were undecided or declined to answer.

>>PDF: Poll results

Earlier this week, a representative from the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office told 24 Hour News 8 that the mechanics of voting in the state are secure.

“Our records are hack-free. We’re doing our best to make sure of that and we’ve not had a breach,” said Linda Lee Tarver, the Michigan SOS outreach coordinator.

Experts across the nation have rejected arguments that the election could be rigged, the Associated Press reports, citing the huge logistical challenge such a thing would require. U.S. elections are held in the open at thousands of polling locations, legislated by the states, overseen by local officials and run by citizens like you.

While a 2012 Pew Research study found that one in eight voter registrations were invalid or slightly inaccurate, the same study found no evidence that had caused significant fraud, according to the AP. And a Loyola Law School professor found that in the 1 billion votes cast between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 cases of impersonation fraud.

The EPIC-MRA poll surveyed 600 voters across Michigan between Oct. 22 and Oct. 24 and has a plus-or-minus 4 percent margin of error.

Other results from the poll released Thursday found Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a 7-point lead over Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, in the state.

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