Ohio Secretary of State responds to Trump’s rigged election claim

Trump's running mate, Mike Pence said Trump's claims of a rigged election refer to media bias

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted speaks to supporters at the Ohio Republican Party election night celebration in Columbus, Ohio. Residents in three Ohio counties contend in a lawsuit that the Secretary of State violated their rights when he invalidated ballot proposals they offered that would have restricted development projects related to the gas-drilling technique known as fracking. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted speaks to supporters at the Ohio Republican Party election night celebration in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP/CNN) – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is responding to claims made by Donald Trump that the election is rigged.

Husted, who is in charge of Ohio’s elections, told CNN that the election would be fair.

“Our institutions, like our election system, is one of the bedrocks of American democracy. We should not question it or the legitimacy of it. It works very well in places like Ohio. We make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” he said.

Trump is calling Republican leaders “naive” for dismissing his claims of a rigged election and urging his supporters to “come together and win this election.”

His comments came in a series of tweets Monday.

There is no evidence voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is confident the election will be conducted with integrity.

On Sunday, Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence said Trump’s claims of a rigged election refer to media bias.

Trump tweeted on Monday: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”

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